Comparison With National Rates
Table 7 shows the comparable rates for some of the most common sites of cancer for Hispanic men and women as well as for all cancer sites combined. (Previous reports from this Department have included a similar comparison for all whites and blacks and is not repeated here.) Historically, New Jersey rates have been representative of the Northeast region, which tend to have higher cancer incidence rates than the United States.
The incidence rates among Hispanics were higher in New Jersey than for the United States during 1990-1996. Incidence of breast, colorectal, lung, and prostate cancers among NJ Hispanics were higher than for Hispanics in the nation as a whole. The same pattern can be seen for mortality rates among Hispanics in New Jersey compared with the United States.