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Report: Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer Leading Newly Diagnosed Cancers

Magazine article FDA Consumer

Report: Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer Leading Newly Diagnosed Cancers

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A federal report using the most recent statistics available says that prostate cancer is the leading cancer diagnosed in American men and breast cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in U.S. women. The leading cause of cancer death for both men and women is lung cancer.

The report, titled United States Cancer Statistics: 2001 Incidence and Mortality, includes quality-assured incidence data from 43 states, six metropolitan areas, and the District of Columbia, covering 92 percent of the U.S. population. The report supplies essential state, population, racial, ethnic, and gender information to support tailored cancer prevention and control programs nationwide.

The comprehensive report on state-specific cancer rates includes for the first time information on incidence and death rates, as well as data for Hispanics and a new section on mesothelioma and Kaposi's sarcoma.

"Having highly accurate data about which cancers most commonly strike specific groups, such as the Hispanic population, means we can better meet prevention, care and treatment needs," says Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson. "We know from the report that breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for Hispanic women. Breaking out data by racial and ethnic populations, we have a broader and more accurate view of our nation's cancer problem...."

Major findings in the report include:

* The District of Columbia has the highest incidence rate of prostate cancer, and Arizona has the lowest.

* Washington State has the highest incidence rate of female breast cancer, and Texas has the lowest.

* Utah has the lowest lung cancer incidence rate among men and women.

* Kentucky has the highest incidence rate of colorectal cancer among men, and New Jersey has the highest incidence rate among women. …

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