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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates* for Cancer, by Race and Sex --- United States, 1979--2006

Age-Adjusted Death Rates* for Cancer, by Race and Sex 
United States, 19792006

* Per 100,000 U.S. standard population.

Data for 2006 are preliminary.

The age-adjusted death rate for cancer continued to decline for both white and black populations from 2005 to 2006. Rates peaked in 1990 and from 1990 to 2006 declined 19.9% for white males, 11.7% for white females, 28.4% for black males, and 14.9% for black females.

SOURCE: Heron MP, Hoyert DL, Xu JQ, Scott C, Tejada-Vera B. Deaths: preliminary data for 2006. Natl Vital Stat Rep 2008;56(16). Available at and

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