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Medical News and Perspectives
October 10, 2012

Cancer Now Leading Cause of Death in US Hispanics

JAMA. 2012;308(14):1420. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.13354

Cancer has surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death in the US Hispanic population, according to recent reports from the American Cancer Society.

The researchers reported that in 2009, the most recent year for which data are available, cancer claimed the lives of 29 935 Hispanic individuals, compared with 29 611 who died of heart disease (Siegel R et al. CA Cancer J Clin. 2012;62[5]:283-298). Researchers estimated that approximately 33 200 Hispanic persons will die of cancer this year. The leading causes of cancer death among Hispanic women are breast cancer (15%), followed by lung (13%) and colorectal (10%) cancers. Among Hispanic men, the leading cause of cancer death is lung cancer (18%), followed by colorectal (11%) and liver (10%) cancers.

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