Breast Cancer & The Environment

Forms of Cancer

 The three most common cancers among women include:

  • Breast cancer (123.1): First among women of all races and Hispanic origin populations.
  • Lung cancer (54.1): Second among white, black, and American Indian/Alaska Native women, and third among Asian/Pacific Islander and Hispanic women.
  • Colorectal cancer (37.1): Second among Asian/Pacific Islander and Hispanic women and third among white, black, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.

The leading causes of cancer death among women are:

  • Lung cancer (38.6): First among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women and second among Hispanic women.
  • Breast cancer (22.2): First among Hispanic women and second among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.
  • Colorectal cancer (13.1): Third among women of all races and Hispanic origin populations.

Suggested Web citation: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2009 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Cancer Institute; 2013. Available at: www.cdc.gov/uscs.