Cancer Incidence Among Americans

• The leading cancer in men, regardless of race, is prostate cancer, followed by lung/bronchus and colon/rectal. Prostate cancer rates are 1 .5 times higher in black men than white men.

• The leading cancer in women, regardless of race, is breast cancer, followed by lung/bronchus and colon/rectal in white women, and colon/rectal and lung/bronchus in black women. Breast cancer rates are about 20 percent higher in white women than in black women.

• Melanomas of the skin and cancer of the testis are among the top 15 cancers for white men, but not black men.

• Melanomas of the skin and cancer of the brain/other nervous systems are among the top 15 cancers for white women, but not black women.

• Multiple myeloma (cancer that arises in plasma cells) and cancer of the stomach are among the top 15 cancers for black women, but not white women.

• Multiple myeloma and cancer of the liver are among the top 15 cancers for black men, but not white men.

Source: DHHS, U.S. Cancer Statistics: 1999 Incidence

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