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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.

  • In 2012, Hispanic men were 10 percent less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer as non-Hispanic white men.
  • Hispanic women were also 30 percent less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer as white women.
  • Both Hispanic men and women are twice as likely to have, and to die from, liver cancer.
  • Hispanic women are 2.4 times more likely to be diagnosed with stomach cancer, as compared to non-Hispanic white women.
  • Hispanic women are both 60 percent more likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 30 percent more likely to die from cervical cancer as compared to non-Hispanic white women.

New Cases:

New Cancer Cases per 100,000 - Men (2012)

Cancer

Hispanic Men

Non-Hispanic White Men

Hispanic/Non-Hispanic White Ratio

All Sites

362.2

489.9

0.7

Prostate

93.5

106.7

0.9

Stomach

13.1

7.8

1.7


New Cancer Cases per 100,000 - Women (2012)

Cancer

Hispanic
Women

Non-Hispanic
White Women

Hispanic
/Non-Hispanic
White Ratio

All Sites

320.1

433.2

0.7

Breast

91.8

136.5

0.7

Cervical

9.2

5.9

1.6

Stomach

9.4

3.9

2.4

Source: CDC, 2016. Health United States, 2015. Table 36.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus15.pdf [PDF | 13.02MB]

Top 5 Cancer Sites for Hispanics/Latinos (2009-2013):

Cancer Incidence Rates per 100,000 - Men

Cancer

Hispanic Men

Non-Hispanic White Men

Hispanic/Non-Hispanic White Ratio

All Sites

382.9

529.2

0.7

Colon & Rectum

41.3

46.7

0.9

Esophagus

4.9

8.3

0.6

Kidney & Renal Pelvis

20.1

22.2

0.9

Liver & IBD*

19.5

10.1

1.9

Lung & Bronchus

36.6

72.7

0.5

Oral Cavity & Pharynx

10.0

18.8

0.5

Pancreas

11.8

14.4

0.8

Prostate

106.9

125.1

0.9

Stomach

13.5

8.3

1.6


Cancer Incidence Rates per 100,000 - Women

Cancer

Hispanic Women

Non-Hispanic White Women

Hispanic/Non-Hispanic White Ratio

All Sites

321.9

440.8

0.7

Breast

92.4

134.3

0.7

Cervical

9.4

7.0

1.3

Colon & Rectum

29.4

36.2

0.8

Kidney & Renal Pelvis

11.5

10.9

1.1

Liver & IBD*

7.4

3.3

2.2

Lung & Bronchus

24.8

56.2

0.4

Pancreas

10.4

10.9

1.0

Stomach

8.5

3.7

2.3

*IBD = Intrahepatic Bile Duct
Source: NCI 2016. Seer Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2013. Tables 2.15 through 24.15
http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2013/sections.html

 

5 Year Survival Rate:
Not available at this time.


Death Rate:

Cancer Death Rates per 100,000 - Men (2009-2013)

Cancer

Hispanic Men

Non-Hispanic White Men

Hispanic/Non-Hispanic White Ratio

All Sites

145.0

207.2

0.7

Liver & IBD*

13.0

7.8

1.7

Prostate

17.1

19.2

0.9

Stomach

7.1

3.5

2.0

Cancer Death Rates per 100,000 - Women (2009-2013)

Cancer

Hispanic Women

Non-Hispanic White Women

Hispanic/Non-Hispanic White Ratio

All Sites

98.5

147.3

0.7

Cervical

2.6

2.0

1.3

Liver & IBD*

5.7

3.2

1.8

Stomach

4.1

1.8

2.3

Breast

14.5

21.5

0.7

*IBD = Intrahepatic Bile Duct
Source: NCI 2016. Seer Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2013. Table 1.21.
http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2013/sections.html

Screening:

Breast Cancer

Percent of women age 40 and over who had a mammogram within the past 2 years, 2013 (crude)

Hispanic Women

Non-Hispanic White Women

Hispanic/Non-Hispanic White Ratio

61.4

67.6

0.9

Source: CDC, 2016. Health United States, 2015. Table 70.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus15.pdf [PDF | 13.02MB]

Cervical Cancer

Percent of women age 18 and over who had a Pap smear within the past 3 years, 2013 (crude)

Hispanic Women

Non-Hispanic White Women

Hispanic/Non-Hispanic White Ratio

70.6

68.4

1.0

Source: CDC, 2016. Health United States, 2015. Table 71.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus15pdf [PDF | 13.02MB]

Colon Cancer

Adults aged 50-75 who had any colorectal test or procedure, 2013

Hispanic

Non-Hispanic White

Hispanic/Non-Hispanic White Ratio

41.5

60.4

0.7

Source: CDC 2016. Health United States, 2015. Table 72.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus15.pdf[PDF | 13.02MB]

Last Modified: 7/20/2018 12:22:00 PM