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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 (123.7)

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

Lung cancer (51.5)

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

Colorectal cancer (33.6)

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

Leading Causes of Cancer Death Among Women

Lung cancer (35.4)

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

Breast cancer (20.7)

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

Colorectal cancer (12.1)

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

Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2013 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2016. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/uscs.

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

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