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Cancer Among Women

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, aside from skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States this year. An estimated 40,170 women are expected to die from the disease in 2009 alone. Today, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States.

Note: The numbers in parentheses are the rates per 100,000 women of all races and Hispanic origins combined in the United States.

The Three Most Common Cancers Among Women

Breast cancer (119.3)

  • First among women of all races and Hispanic origin populations.

Lung cancer (55.0)

  • Second among white, black, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.
  • Third among Asian/Pacific Islander and Hispanic women.

Colorectal cancer (41.1)

  • Second among Asian/Pacific Islander and Hispanic women.
  • Third among white, black, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.

Leading Causes of Cancer Death Among Women

Lung cancer (40.2)

  • First among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.
  • Second among Hispanic women.

Breast cancer (23.4)

  • First among Hispanic women.
  • Second among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.

Colorectal cancer (14.5)

  • Third among women of all races and Hispanic origin populations.

Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2006 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer

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