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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% less likely to have prostate cancer as white men, but they are twice as likely to have stomach cancer.
  • Although Asian/Pacific Islander women are 30% less likely to have breast cancer as white women, they are almost three times as likely to have stomach cancer.
  • Both Asian/Pacific Islander men and women have 2.4 and 2.7 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 2.7 times as likely to die from the same disease.

At a glance - New Cases:

New Cancer Cases per 100,000 - Men (2008)

Cancer

Asian/Pacific
Islander
Men

Non-Hispanic
White Men

Asian/Pacific
Islander/Non-
Hispanic
White Ratio

All Sites

344.0

537.1

0.6

Prostate

82.0

145.0

0.6

Stomach

17.1

8.7

2.0

 

New Cancer Cases per 100,000 - Women (2008)

Cancer

Asian/Pacific
Islander
Women

Non-Hispanic
White Women

Asian/Pacific
Islander/Non-
Hispanic
White Ratio

All Sites

316.2

439.8

0.7

Breast

102.0

138.0

0.7

Cervical

7.0

6.5

1.1

Stomach

10.6

3.7

2.9

Source:  CDC, 2013. Health United States, 2012. Table 42.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus12.pdf [PDF | 9.8MB]


At a glance - Top Cancer  Sites for Asian/Pacific Islander (2006-2010):

Cancer Incidence Rates per 100,000 - Men

Cancer

Asian/Pacific
Islander
Men

Non-HispanicWhite Men

Asian/Pacific Islander/Non-Hispanic White Ratio

All Sites

335.0

558.9

0.6

Liver & IBD*

21.4

9.1

2.4

Stomach

15.5

8.3

1.9

Prostate

81.8

148.2

0.6

 

Cancer Incidence Rates per 100,000 - Women

Cancer

Asian/Pacific
Islander
Women

Non-Hispanic White Women

Asian/Pacific Islander/Non-Hispanic White Ratio

All Sites

291.5

441.2

0.7

Liver & IBD*

8.2

3.0

2.7

Stomach

9.3

3.8

2.4

Breast

91.8

133.4

0.7

Cervical

6.6

7.2

0.9

*IBD = Intrahepatic Bile Duct
Source:  NCI 2013.  Seer Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2010.  Tables 2.15 through 24.15
http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/2010sections.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 (2005-2009)

Cancer

Asian/Pacific Islander Men

Non-Hispanic White Men

Asian/Pacific Islander/Non-Hispanic White Ratio

All Sites

132.4

217.3

0.6

Liver & IBD*

14.4

7.1

2.0

Stomach

8.7

3.9

2.2

Prostate

10.1

21.3

0.5

 

Cancer Death Rates per 100,000 - Women (2005-2009)

Cancer

Asian/Pacific Islander Women

Non-Hispanic White Women

Asian/Pacific Islander/Non-Hispanic White Ratio

All Sites

92.1

153.6

0.6

Cervical

1.9

2.1

0.9

Liver & IBD*

6.0

2.9

2.1

Stomach

5.1

1.9

2.7

Breast

11.5

22.7

0.5

*IBD = Intrahepatic Bile Duct
Source:  NCI 2013.  Seer Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2010.  Table 1.21.
http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/2010/sections.html


At a Glance - Screening:

Breast Cancer

Percent of women age 40 and over who had a mammogram within the past 2 years, 2010 (crude)

Asian American Women

Non-Hispanic White Women

Asian American/Non-Hispanic White Ratio

62.4

67.8

0.9

Source:  CDC, 2013. Health United States, 2012. Table 82.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus12.pdf [PDF | 9.8MB]

Cervical Cancer

Percent of women age 18 and over who had a Pap smear within the past 3 years, 2010 (crude)

Asian American Women

Non-Hispanic White Women

Asian American/Non-Hispanic White Ratio

68.0

72.8

0.9

Source:  CDC, 2013. Health United States, 2012. Table 83.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus12.pdf [PDF | 9.8MB]

Colon Cancer

Adults age 50 and over who reported they ever had a colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or proctoscopy, United States, 2008

Asian American

Non-Hispanic White

Asian American/Non-Hispanic White Ratio

48.1

58.4

0.8

Source:  2012 National Healthcare Disparities Report. Table 1_3_2.2a & 1_3_2.2b.
http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/qrdr12/index.html


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