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Cancer and Asians/Pacific Islanders

Asian Americans generally have lower cancer rates than the non-Hispanic white population. However, disparities still exist in certain types of cancer.

  • Asian/Pacific Islander men are 40 percent less likely to have prostate cancer as white men, but they are 60 percent more likely to have stomach cancer.
  • Although Asian/Pacific Islander women are 30 percent less likely to have breast cancer than white women, they are almost three times as likely to have stomach cancer.
  • Both Asian/Pacific Islander men and women have 2.1 and 2.5 times, respectively, the incidence of liver & IBD cancer as the non-Hispanic white population.
  • Asian/Pacific Islander men are twice as likely to die from stomach cancer as compared to the non-Hispanic white population, and Asian/Pacific Islander women are 2.6 times as likely to die from the same disease.

 

At a glance - New Cases

New Cancer Cases per 100,000 - Men (2011)
Cancer
Asian/Pacific Islander Men
Non-Hispanic White Men
Asian/Pacific Islander/Non- Hispanic White Ratio
All Sites
334.3
518.1
0.6
Prostate
77.1
134.0
0.6
Stomach
13.8
8.4
1.6

 

New Cancer Cases per 100,000 - Women (2011)
Cancer
Asian/Pacific Islander Women
Non-Hispanic White Women
Asian/Pacific Islander/Non- Hispanic White Ratio
All Sites
303.5
433.5
0.7
Breast
100.8
137.0
0.7
Cervical
5.3
6.5
0.8
Stomach
7.7
3.8
2.0

Source:  CDC, 2015. Health United States, 2014. Table 40.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus14.pdf [PDF |14.65MB]

 

At a glance - Top Cancer  Sites for Asian/Pacific Islander (2008-2012)

Cancer Incidence Rates per 100,000 - Men
Cancer
Asian/PacificIslanderMen
Non-HispanicWhite Men
Asian/Pacific Islander/Non-Hispanic White Ratio
All Sites
325.4
540.0
0.6
Liver & IBD*
20.9
9.8
2.1
Stomach
14.4
8.3
1.7
Prostate
74.0
133.4
0.6

 

Cancer Incidence Rates per 100,000 - Women
Cancer
Asian/PacificIslanderWomen
Non-Hispanic White Women
Asian/Pacific Islander/Non-Hispanic White Ratio
All Sites
297.5
441.6
0.7
Liver & IBD*
7.9
3.2
2.5
Stomach
8.8
3.7
2.4
Breast
96.3
134.0
0.7
Cervical
6.3
7.1
0.9

*IBD = Intrahepatic Bile Duct
Source:  NCI 2015.  Seer Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2012.  Tables 2.15 through 24.15
http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/2012sections.html

 

At a glance - 5 Year Survival Rate

Not available at this time.

 

At a glance - Death Rate

Cancer Death Rates per 100,000 - Men (2008-2012)
Cancer
Asian/Pacific Islander Men
Non-Hispanic White Men
Asian/Pacific Islander/Non-Hispanic White Ratio
All Sites
128.4
210.6
0.6
Liver & IBD*
14.5
7.6
1.9
Stomach
7.9
3.6
2.2
Prostate
9.4
19.9
0.5

 

Cancer Death Rates per 100,000 - Women (2008-2012)
Cancer
Asian/Pacific Islander Women
Non-Hispanic White Women
Asian/Pacific Islander/Non-Hispanic White Ratio
All Sites
91.2
149.2
0.6
Cervical
1.8
2.0
0.9
Liver & IBD*
6.1
3.1
2.0
Stomach
4.7
1.8
2.6
Breast
11.4
21.9
0.5

*IBD = Intrahepatic Bile Duct
Source:  NCI 2015.  Seer Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2012.  Table 1.21.
http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/2012/sections.html

 

At a Glance - Screening

Breast Cancer

Percent of women age 40 and over who had a mammogram within the past 2 years, 2013 (crude)
Asian American Women
Non-Hispanic White Women
Asian American/Non-Hispanic White Ratio
66.6
67.6
1.0

Source:  CDC, 2015. Health United States, 2014. Table 76.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus14.pdf [PDF | 14.65MB]

 

Cervical Cancer

Percent of women age 18 and over who had a Pap smear within the past 3 years, 2013 (crude)
Asian American Women
Non-Hispanic White Women
Asian American/Non-Hispanic White Ratio
65.3
68.4
1.0

Source:  CDC, 2015. Health United States, 2015. Table 77.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus14.pdf [PDF | 14.65MB]

At a Glance – Screening

 

Colon Cancer

Adults aged 50-75 who had any colorectal test or procedure, 2013
Asian American
Non-Hispanic White
Asian American/Non-Hispanic White Ratio
49.8
60.4
0.8

Source: CDC 2015. Health United States, 2014. Table 78.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus14.pdf[PDF | 14.65MB]

Last Modified: 3/29/2016 1:56:00 PM