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Cancer Facts & Figures for Hispanics and Latinos

According to estimates from the US Census Bureau, 57.5 million Americans, or 18% of the population in the continental US and Hawaii, identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino in 2016. In addition, more than 3 million Hispanic Americans reside in Puerto Rico, a US territory. Cancer is the leading cause of death among Hispanics, accounting for 21% of deaths. While Hispanics are less likely than non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with the most common cancers (lung, colorectal, breast, and prostate), they have a higher risk for cancers associated with infectious agents, such as liver, stomach, and cervix. However, there is much variation in the cancer burden among Hispanics by nativity, which is difficult to capture because most data are reported for this heterogeneous population in aggregate.

Cancer facts such as these are presented in the updated edition of the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts and Figures for Hispanics/Latinos . This publication provides updated cancer information about Hispanics/Latinos, including statistics on cancer occurrence and risk factors, as well as information about prevention, early detection, and treatment.

The current and previous editions of the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts & Figures for Hispanics/Latinos are listed below as PDFs to make them easier to use.

American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures for Hispanics/Latinos 2018-2020 (or the date range of the edition used)

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