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American Cancer Society report describes unique cancer profile of Hispanic/Latino Americans
Date:9/15/2009

h among men are lung and colorectal cancer, while breast and lung cancer are the top two in women.

  • Between 1997 and 2006, cancer incidence rates decreased among Hispanics by 1.3% per year in men and 0.6% per year in women, compared to decreases of 0.8% per year and 0.4% per year in non-Hispanic white men and women, respectively.

  • During the same time period, cancer death rates among Hispanics decreased by 2.2% per year in men and 1.2% per year in women, compared to decreases in non-Hispanic whites of 1.5% per year in men and 0.9% per year in women.

    The report also finds that compared to non-Hispanic whites, Hispanic/Latino Americans:

    • have lower incidence and death rates for all cancers combined and for the most common cancer sites (prostate, breast, lung, and colorectum);

    • have higher rates of cancers of the stomach, cervix, liver, and gallbladder, and of acute lymphocytic leukemia;

    • have a later stage of diagnosis for many cancers, including breast and melanoma;

    • have generally similar 5-year survival, except for melanoma, for which survival rates are lower in Hispanic compared to non-Hispanic white men (79% versus 87%) and women (88% versus 92%);

    • are less likely to smoke and drink alcohol;

    • and are more likely to be poor, have fewer years of education, and lack health insurance.

    "The Hispanic/Latino population will benefit from the same approaches that are most important in reducing cancer risk in the general population preventing and treating tobacco dependence, increasing access to immunization programs, high quality cancer screening and appropriate follow-up care, increasing physical activity, and maintaining a healthy body weight," said Vilma Cokkinides, Ph.D., American Cancer Society director for risk factor surveillance. "In addition, many Hispanics face barriers to receiving adequate, affordable health care that lik
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  • Contact: David Sampson
    david.sampson@cancer.org
    American Cancer Society
    Source:Eurekalert

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