Cancer Among Hispanics In New Jersey

Summary


In sum, Hispanic cancer incidence rates are lower for most types of cancer than for blacks and non-Hispanic whites in New Jersey. This is also true of cancer mortality rates. The most frequently diagnosed cancers and the most common causes of cancer death are similar for Hispanics, blacks and non-Hispanic whites.

Incidence and mortality are disproportionately high among Hispanics for stomach, liver, gallbladder, other non-epithelial skin cancers (primarily Kaposi's sarcoma), and cervical cancers.

Hispanics tended to be diagnosed at later stages of colon, breast and cervical cancer than non-Hispanic whites during 1990-1996 (1990-1994 for cervical cancer). Regular screening according to the recommended guidelines in Appendix III can detect these cancers at earlier stages, thereby increasing survival.


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