CDC says incidence of lung cancer shows marked ethnic variations

Nov 22, 2010

Lung cancer rates vary by race, region

The frequency with which lung cancer strikes U.S. families varies widely between people of differing ethnic backgrounds, according to a report released in mid-November by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Black Americans were more likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer than any other major ethnic group, according to the CDC study, at 76.1 cases per 100,000 population. Whites were close behind, with a 69.7 per 100,000 rate of diagnosis. Asian-Americans and Hispanics were the least likely to have the disease, with rates roughly half that of black and white populations.

Lung cancer appeared to be more common in certain regions of the country than in others, with the South leading at 76 cases per 100,000 people. The western states were the most cancer-free in the U.S., with an average incidence rate of 58.8 per 100,000.

If lung cancer progresses past a certain stage before detection, it is likely to kill. Avoiding tobacco and other cancer-causing products is critical to staying healthy and being able to enjoy reasonable life insurance rates.

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