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U.S. Cancer Rates Drop Slightly

Rates of cancer cases among U.S. men and women dropped from 459 per 100,000 people in 2009 to 446 per 100,000 people in 2010. The highest rates were for prostate, female breast, lung, and colorectal cancers, which together accounted for half of all cancer cases in the United States.

For the first time, lung cancer was the second most common cancer among Hispanic men, surpassing colorectal cancer. Rates of new cancer cases were higher among men than women and highest among black people.

Key Findings

Rates of new cancer cases per 100,000 people are shown in parentheses.

  • In 2010, 446 of every 100,000 people in the United States were diagnosed with cancer, compared to 459 in 2009.
  • In 2010, 745,383 men and 711,113 women were diagnosed with cancer.
  • Rates were higher among men (503) than women (405), and highest among black people (455).
  • The highest rates were for prostate (126), female breast (119), lung (62), and colorectal (40) cancers.
  • The top three cancers among men of all racial and ethnic groups were prostate, lung, and colorectal.
  • Among women, breast cancer was the most common cancer among all racial and ethnic groups, followed by lung, colorectal, and uterine cancers. Among Hispanic women, colorectal cancer was more common than lung cancer, and among Asian/Pacific Islander women, the most common cancers were colorectal, lung, and thyroid.
  • State rates for all cancer sites combined ranged from 380 (Arizona) to 511 (Kentucky).

Citation

Henley SJ, Singh S, King J, Wilson R, Ryerson B. Invasive cancer incidence—United States, 2010. MMWR 2014:63(12);253-259.

This bar chart represents new cancer cases per 100,000. Overall cancer cases is 446 per 100,000, 503 for men and 405 for women. New cancer cases for white men is 495 per 100,000, 553 for black men, 299 for American Indian/Alaska Native men, 308 for Asian and Pacific Islander men, and 390 for Hispanic men. New cancer cases for white women is 410 per 100,000, 389 for black women, 252 for American Indian/Alaska Native women, 280 for Asian and Pacific Islander women, and 315 for Hispanic women.
 
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