Cancer incidence by ethnicity

Black and Asian groups have lower survival overall than the White ethnic group for breast cancer, improved survival for lung cancer and were similar for bowel cancer.

Age-standardised (AS) incidence rates Open a glossary item for White males with cancer (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) range from 408.2 to 416.8 per 100,000. Rates for Black males are similar, ranging from 316.7 to 488.3 per 100,000 whereas the rates for Asian males are significantly lower, ranging from 168.3 to 258.9 per 100,000.[1]

For females there is a different pattern – the AS rates for White females range from 351.0 to 358.4 per 100,000, while rates for Asian and Black females are significantly lower ranging from 168.4 to 249.8 per 100,000 and 215.0 to 322.0 per 100,000 respectively.[1]

Ranges are given because of the analysis methodology used to account for missing and unknown data. A total of 1,192,585 cancer cases were identified; 24% had no known ethnicity.

References

  1. National Cancer Intelligence Network and Cancer Research UK. Cancer Incidence and Survival by Major Ethnic Group, England,  2002-2006. 2009
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