Cancers: Leading Cancers in Women, Men, & Children (cont.)
Racial and ethnic differences in cancer incidence
Geographic differences in cancer incidence**
*The following points should be kept in mind when interpreting geographic incidence rates: 1.) States in which a high percentage of the population receive cancer screenings will have more diagnosed cancer cases than states in which a low percentage of the population is screened; and 2.) Relative rankings based on incidence rates do not reflect important factors such as mortality rates that contribute to cancer burden.
United States Cancer Statistics: 2000 Incidence provides a basis for individual states and researchers to describe the variability in cancer incidence rates across different populations and to target certain populations for evidence-based cancer control programs. Future United States Cancer Statistics reports will include data for other racial and ethnic populations.
Cancer rates usually have some uncertainty associated with them and are
updated as more information becomes available from registries and as better
estimates of state and regional populations become available from the U.S.
Census Bureau. The process of recalculating cancer rates is a standard practice.
Last Editorial Review: 7/7/2004