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Cancer Mortality Trends Among Women by Race/Ethnicity

Note: The word “significantly” below refers to statistical significance. 2011 is the latest year for which data are available.

All Women

Among all women in the United States from 2002 to 2011, the death rate of—

  • Breast cancer decreased significantly by 1.9% per year.
  • Cervical cancer decreased significantly by 1.1% per year.
  • Colorectal cancer decreased significantly by 2.9% per year.
  • Lung cancer decreased significantly by 1.3% per year.
  • Ovarian cancer decreased significantly by 2.0% per year.

White Women

Among white women in the United States from 2002 to 2011, the death rate of—

  • Breast cancer decreased significantly by 2.0% per year.
  • Cervical cancer decreased significantly by 0.8% per year.
  • Colorectal cancer decreased significantly by 2.9% per year.
  • Lung cancer decreased significantly by 1.1% per year.
  • Ovarian cancer decreased significantly by 2.0% per year.

Black Women

Among black women in the United States from 2002 to 2011, the death rate of—

  • Breast cancer decreased significantly by 1.5% per year.
  • Cervical cancer decreased significantly by 2.3% per year.
  • Colorectal cancer decreased significantly by 3.2% per year.
  • Lung cancer decreased significantly by 1.3% per year.
  • Ovarian cancer remained level.

Hispanic Women

Among Hispanic women in the United States from 2002 to 2011, the death rate of—

  • Breast cancer decreased significantly by 1.5% per year.
  • Cervical cancer decreased significantly by 2.2% per year.
  • Colorectal cancer decreased significantly by 2.1% per year.
  • Lung cancer decreased significantly by 1.4% per year.
  • Ovarian cancer decreased significantly by 1.4% per year.

American Indian/Alaska Native Women

Among American Indian/Alaska Native women in the United States from 2002 to 2011, the death rate of—

  • Breast cancer decreased significantly by 2.8% per year.
  • Cervical cancer remained level.
  • Colorectal cancer remained level.
  • Lung cancer decreased significantly by 1.5% per year.
  • Ovarian cancer remained level.

Asian/Pacific Islander Women

Among Asian/Pacific Islander women in the United States from 2002 to 2011, the death rate of—

  • Breast cancer decreased significantly by 1.6% per year.
  • Cervical cancer decreased significantly by 3.0% per year.
  • Colorectal cancer decreased significantly by 1.3% per year.
  • Lung cancer remained level.
  • Ovarian cancer remained level.

Data source: Kohler, BA, Sherman RL, Howlader N, Jemal, A, Ryerson AB, Henry KA, Boscoe, FP, Cronin KA, Lake A, Noone, A-M, Henley, SJ, Eheman, CR, Anderson, RN, Penberthy, L. Annual report to the nation on the status of cancer, 1975–2011, featuring incidence of breast cancer subtypes by race/ethnicity, poverty, and state. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2015;107(6):djv048.

Note: Hispanic origin is not mutually exclusive from race categories (white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native).

 
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