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Chronic Liver Disease and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

  • Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders were seven times more likely to be diagnosed with chronic liver disease in 2006 as compared to non-Hispanic whites.
  • American Samoans were 8 times more likely to develop liver cancer as compared to non-Hispanic whites, from 1998-2002.
  • Recently published survey data on this topic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is limited.

Cancer Rates for Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders

Liver & IBD Cancer Incidence Rates per 100,000 – Men (1998-2002)
Native Hawaiian Samoan Non-Hispanic White Native Hawaiian / Non-Hispanic White Ratio Samoan / Non-Hispanic White Ratio
16.3 54.5 6.7 2.4 8.1

 

Liver & IBD Cancer Incidence Rates per 100,000 – Women (1998-2002)
Native Hawaiian Non-Hispanic White Native Hawaiian / Non-Hispanic White Ratio
7.7 2.6 3.0

*IBD = Intrahepatic Bile Duct

Source: NCI 2008. Cancer Incidence and Mortality Patterns among Specific Asian and Pacific Islander Populations in the U.S. http://seer.cancer.gov/publications/apicancer/index.html

 

Diagnosed

Age-adjusted percentage of persons 18 years of age and over who have been told by a doctor that they have chronic liver disease, 2006*
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Non-Hispanic White Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander / Non-Hispanic White Ratio
9.7 1.4 7.0

*No data currently is available for the Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander group from 2007-2018.

Source: CDC 2007. Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2006. Table 8.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_235.pdf [PDF | 3.64MB]

 

Death Rates

Cancer Death Rates per 100,000 – Men (1998-2002)
Cancer Native Hawaiian Samoan Non-Hispanic White Native Hawaiian / Non-Hispanic White Ratio Samoan / Non-Hispanic White Ratio
Liver & IBD* 11.8 32.9 6.1 1.9 5.4

 

Cancer Death Rates per 100,000 – Women (1998-2002)
Cancer Native Hawaiian Samoan Non-Hispanic White Native Hawaiian / Non-Hispanic White Ratio Samoan / Non-Hispanic White Ratio
Liver & IBD* 6.4 -- 2.7 2.4 --

*IBD = Intrahepatic Bile Duct

Source: NCI 2008. Cancer Incidence and Mortality Patterns among Specific Asian and Pacific Islander Populations in the U.S.
http://seer.cancer.gov/publications/apicancer/index.html

Last Modified: 3/13/2020 11:41:00 AM