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Cancer Among Women

Note: The numbers in parentheses are the rates per 100,000 women of all races and Hispanic* origins combined in the United States.

Three Most Common Cancers Among Women

Breast cancer ( 122.0 )

  • First among women of all races and Hispanic* origin populations.

Lung cancer ( 52.0 )

  • Second among white, black, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.
  • Third among Asian/Pacific Islander and Hispanic* women.

Colorectal cancer ( 34.9 )

  • Second among Asian/Pacific Islander and Hispanic* women.
  • Third among white, black, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.

Leading Causes of Cancer Death Among Women

Lung cancer ( 37.0 )

  • First among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.
  • Second among Hispanic* women.

Breast cancer ( 21.5 )

  • First among Hispanic* women.
  • Second among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.

Colorectal cancer ( 12.8 )

  • Third among women of all races and Hispanic* origin populations.

Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2011 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2014.

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

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