Cancer statistics for Hispanics - Clinical Briefs - Brief Article

Author: Carrie Morantz, Brian Torrey
Date: Dec 15, 2003

An estimated 67,400 Hispanics will be diagnosed with cancer in 2003, and approximately 22,100 will die from cancer, according to a report from the American Cancer Society. "Cancer Statistics for Hispanics, 2003" was published in the July/August 2003 issue of CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians and is available online at http://CAonline.AmCancer

Hispanics have lower cancer rates and mortality rates from all cancers combined and from the four most common cancers (i.e., breast, prostate, lung and bronchus, and colon and rectum) than non-Hispanic whites. However, Hispanics have higher cancer rates and higher mortality rates from cancers of the stomach, liver, uterine cervix, and gallbladder. These rates reflect greater exposure to specific infectious agents and lower rates of screening for cervical cancer, as well as dietary and possible genetic factors.

Strategies to reduce cancer rates among Hispanics include interventions to increase screening and physical activity, and reductions in tobacco use and obesity. Several statistics suggest that Hispanics smoke less than non-Hispanic whites, but several factors may make Hispanics susceptible to smoking. Obesity, which has been associated with an increased risk for certain cancers, is increasing among Hispanics, especially women. Physical activity rates also are lower in Hispanics compared with non-Hispanic whites.

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