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Cancer and Hispanic Americans

Hispanic American men and women generally have lower cancer rates than the non-Hispanic white population. However, disparities still exist in certain types of cancer.

  • From 2012-2016, Hispanic men were 10 percent less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than non-Hispanic white men.
  • Hispanic women were also 30 percent less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than non-Hispanic white women.
  • Both Hispanic men and women are twice as likely to have, and to die from, liver cancer than non-Hispanic whites.
  • Hispanic women are 2.2 times more likely to be diagnosed with stomach cancer, and 2.4 times more likely to die from stomach cancer, as compared to non-Hispanic white women.
  • Hispanic women are 40 percent more likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 20 percent more likely to die from cervical cancer, as compared to non-Hispanic white women.

Diagnosis

Age-adjusted percentages of cancer among adults aged 18 and over, 2018
Cancer Hispanic Non-Hispanic White Hispanic/
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
All Sites 4.2 9.9 0.4
Breast 1.2 3.3 0.4
Cervical 0.4 1.1 0.4
Prostate 1.5 2.1 0.7

Source: CDC, 2020. Summary Health Statistics: National Health Interview Survey: 2018. Table A-3a.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/shs/tables.htm

 

Top Cancer Sites for Hispanics (2012-2016)

Cancer Incidence Rates per 100,000 – Men
Cancer Hispanic
Men
Non-Hispanic
White Men
Hispanic/
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
All Sites 370.4 505.5 0.7
Colon & Rectum 40.0 44.1 0.9
Esophagus 4.9 8.3 0.6
Kidney 20.1 23.1 0.9
Liver & IBD 20.3 10.8 1.9
Lung 35.2 67.5 0.5
Oral Cavity & Pharynx 10.1 19.3 0.5
Pancreas 12.0 15.1 0.8
Prostate 93.4 104.5 0.9
Stomach 13.0 8.2 1.6

Source: NCI 2020. Seer Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2016. Tables 2.15 through 24.15
https://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2016/sections.html

 

Top Cancer Sites for Hispanics (2012-2016)

Cancer Incidence Rates per 100,000 – Women
Cancer Hispanic
Women
Non-Hispanic
White Women
Hispanic/
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
All Sites 334.9 448.0 0.7
Breast 97.2 136.6 0.7
Cervical 9.3 6.6 1.4
Colon & Rectum 28.8 34.3 0.8
Kidney 11.6 11.1 1.0
Liver & IBD 7.9 3.7 2.0
Lung 24.8 56.0 0.4
Pancreas 10.7 11.5 0.9
Stomach 8.5 3.8 2.2
Uterus 24.1 28.5 0.8

Source: NCI 2020. Seer Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2016. Tables 2.15 through 24.15
https://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2016/sections.html

 

5 Year Survival Rate:

Not available at this time.

 

Death Rate

Cancer Death Rates per 100,000 – Men (2012-2016)
Cancer Hispanic
Men
Non-Hispanic
White Men
Hispanic/
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
All Sites 138.1 197.3 0.7
Colon & Rectum 14.4 16.6 0.9
Liver & IBD 13.3 8.3 1.6
Lung 25.3 54.1 0.5
Pancreas 9.4 12.9 0.7
Prostate 15.8 18.1 0.9
Stomach 6.5 3.3 2.0

Source: NCI 2020. Seer Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2016. Table 1.20
https://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2016/sections.html

 

Cancer Death Rates per 100,000 – Women (2012-2016)

Cancer Hispanic
Women
Non-Hispanic
White Women
Hispanic/
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
All Sites 96.2 141.9 0.7
Breast 14.2 20.6 0.7
Cervical 2.6 2.1 1.2
Colon & Rectum 8.8 11.9 0.7
Liver & IBD 6.0 3.4 1.8
Pancreas 7.7 9.5 0.8
Stomach 4.0 1.7 2.4
Uterus 3.9 4.4 0.9

Source: NCI 2020. Seer Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2016. Table 1.20
https://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2016/sections.html

 

Screening

Breast Cancer

Percentage of women age 40 and over who had a mammogram within the past 2 years, 2015 (crude)
Hispanic
Women
Non-Hispanic
White Women
Hispanic/
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
60.9 65.8 0.9

Source: CDC, 2019. Health United States, 2018. Table 33.
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus18.pdf [PDF | 1.56MB]

 

Cervical Cancer

Percentage of women age 18 and over who had a Pap smear within the past 3 years, 2015 (crude)
Hispanic
Women
Non-Hispanic
White Women
Hispanic/
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
68.6 68.4 1.0

Source: CDC, 2019. Health United States, 2018. Table 34.
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus18.pdf [PDF | 1.56MB]

 

Colon Cancer

Adults aged 50-75 who had any colorectal test or procedure, 2015
Hispanic Non-Hispanic White Hispanic/
Non-Hispanic White Ratio
48.7 65.4 0.7

Source: National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. Data Query: Table 7_5_1_3_1.1 [Accessed 2/11/2020]
http://nhqrnet.ahrq.gov/inhqrdr/data/query

Last Modified: 2/28/2020 2:45:00 PM