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Breast cancer and Asian American women

Breast cancer and the Asian American women

          Breast cancer incidence and mortality rates are lower among Asian American and Pacific Islander women compared to Caucasian women or African Americans. They have a breast cancer incidence of (78.1 per 100,000) and mortality rates of (11.0 per 100,000). Breast cancer remains the leading cancer by site among Chinese (55 per 100,000), Filipino (73.1 per 100,000), Hawaiian (105.6 per 100,000), Japanese (82.3 per 100,000) and Korean (28.5 per 100,000) women, however mortality rates vary from group to group. The most frequent cause of cancer death among Filipina women (11.9 per 100,000) is breast cancer. Asian and Pacific Islander women get much less mammogram screening compared to Caucasian women. Only 48.5 percent of Asian and Pacific Islander women 50 years and older in the U.S. have had a mammogram or clinical breast examination within the last two years. This is the lowest rate of screening among all racial/ethnic groups. The risk also goes high with the duration of stay in the United States. For Asian Americans who immigrated to the United States at least a decade ago, the risk of breast cancer is 80 percent higher than that of new immigrants. For women of Asian origin born in the U.S., the breast cancer risk is similar to that of Caucasian women.

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