Hispanics/Latinos Overall, about 1 in 2 Hispanic men and 1 in 3 Hispanic women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.  The lifetime probability of dying from cancer is 1 in 5 for Hispanic men and 1 in 6 for Hispanic women. Cancer is the leading cause of death among Hispanics, accounting for 21% of deaths overall and 15% of deaths in children.
About 53,600 new cancer cases in men and 59,200 cases in women were expected to be diagnosed among Hispanics in 2012


Most Common Cancer among Hispanic Men

  • Prostate (29%)
  • Colon and Rectum  (11%)
  • Lung and Bronchus (9%)

Most Common Cancer among Hispanic Women

  • Breast (29%)
  • Colon and Rectum (8%)
  • Thyroid (8%)

Lifetime Probability (%) of Developing or Dying from Invasive Cancers by Race and Sex, US, 2007-2009

  • Men: 1 out of 2 men will develop Cancer. 1 out of 5 will die from cancer.
  • Women: 1 out of 3 women will develop Cancer. 1 out of 6 will die from cancer

 Risk Factor

  • Tobacco Use

    Tobacco use is a major cause of cancer in the US and is responsible for about 30% of all cancer deaths.  Most lung cancers and many cancers of the mouth, nasal cavities, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, stomach, colorectum, liver, kidney, pancreas, uterine cervix, bladder, and myeloid leukemia, are caused by cigarette smoking.

  • Overweight & Obesity

    Obesity is associated with an increased risk of several cancers, including breast (postmenopausal), adenocarcinoma of the esophagus, colorectum, endometrium, kidney, and pancreas.  Obesity also increases the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and premature death.

    The prevalence of overweight among Mexican Americans in 2009-2010 was 80% in women and 82% in men.  In 2009-2010, one in five (21%) Hispanic children (ages 2 to 19 years) was obese.

  • Alcohol

    Excessive alcohol consumption is a primary cause of cirrhosis and liver cancer. Alcohol consumption also increases the risk of cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx, esophagus, larynx, colorectum, and female breast.  Alcohol consumption is of special concern among Hispanics because of their higher rates of liver cancer compared to other population groups.

  • Infectious Agents

    In the US, infection rates among Hispanics are two to four times those of the majority population.  For example, compared to second-generation US-born Hispanics, prevalence is approximately 10 times higher among foreign-born Hispanics and 3 times higher among first-generation US-born Hispanics.

    One in six new cancers in Latin America, compared to one in 25 new cancers in North America, is attributable to infectious agents.

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