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AANHPI groups suffer higher risks for certain cancers: report

A report this week by the American Cancer Society shows dramatically higher cancer risks for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander groups for certain types of cancer as compared to White Americans, in a call for better understanding and prevention.

Among the American Cancer Society’s findings:

— Cancer is the leading cause of death for Chinese, Filipino, Korean, and Vietnamese people in the U.S. and ranks second for Asian Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Japanese people.

— Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders are 75 percent more likely to die from liver cancer and two to three times more likely to die from cervical, stomach, and endometrial cancers compared to White people.

— While Asian Americans have a 40 percent lower overall cancer death rate compared with White people, their liver cancer mortality is nearly 40 percent higher and stomach cancer mortality is twice as high.

— Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer for women in every AANHPI ethnic group.

“Although disaggregated data are still extremely limited, we hope that these startling disparities will spur local communities and health care providers to increase awareness of cancer symptoms and opportunities for cancer prevention and early detection through screening,” said Rebecca Siegel, senior scientific director, surveillance research at the American Cancer Society, and senior author of the report, in a news release.

Click here for the full report.

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