Where can I find Cancer Statistics by Race/Ethnicity?


The NCI has recognized the need to better define the cancer burden in racial/ethnic minorities and medically underserved populations and supports research, applications and surveillance on the full diversity of the United States population. Since its inception in 1973, the the cancer registry system of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program has included large segments of diverse populations. Subsequent expansions increased the proportions of Hispanics, urban African Americans and Asian and Pacific Islanders in Southern California and the Greater Bay Area, rural African Americans in Georgia, northwestern populations in Seattle, Arizona Indians, and Alaska Natives residing in Alaska. An expansion in 2001 of four areas increased coverage of key populations, such as rural low-income whites, more geographically diverse American Indians, rural African-Americans and other Hispanic groups. This addition - the largest expansion to date - brings SEER coverage to 26% of the U.S. population.

The SEER Program collects and publishes cancer incidence and survival data in order to assemble and report estimates of cancer incidence, survival, mortality, other measures of the cancer burden, and patterns of care in the U.S. Statistics from the SEER Program routinely include information specific to race/ethnic populations as well as other populations defined by age, gender, and geography.

Reports

Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer provides trends in cancer incidence and death rates in the United States for all races combined and among 5 major racial/ethnic groups (white, black, Asian and Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Natives, and Hispanic).

The SEER Cancer Statistics Review (CSR), 1975-2015 includes cancer statistics by race/ethnicity, sex, age, and year of diagnosis for major cancers. Incidence and mortality statistics by race/ethnicity (PDF) are excerpted from the CSR in a separate PDF.

SEER Statistical Publications provide other reports on cancer statistics by race/ethnicity. These include older, archived publications.

Interactive Tools for Accessing Precalculated Cancer Statistics by Race/Ethnicity

Fast Stats is an interactive tool to access key SEER and US cancer statistics by age, sex, and race. Tables and graphs include statistics for whites, blacks, Asian/Pacific Islanders, American Indian/Alaska Natives, and Hispanics.

Cancer Query Systems are Web-based data retrieval tools that allow you to select statistics by defining various parameters, including race. Incidence, mortality, survival and stage, prevalence, and lifetime risk databases are available.

State Cancer Profiles is a comprehensive system enabling the investigation of cancer trends at the national, state, and county level.