For the purpose of this assignment I choose to research more on cancer among white females. Cancer among females is the second leading cause of death, following very closely to heart disease. The different types of cancer varies among Caucasian females, with the top two being breast and lung cancers. However, the leading cause of cancer death among Caucasian females is different. Lung cancer takes the top spot while breast cancer is listed as second.
While the incident rates for white females to contract these types of cancer might be higher than other ethnicities, the overall death rates by race/ethnicity are higher in black females. Incidence rate” means how many women out of a given number get the disease each year. The graph below shows how many women out of 100,000 got breast cancer each year during the years 1999–2011. The year 2011 is the most recent year for which numbers have been reported. The breast cancer incidence rate is grouped by race and ethnicity.
The graph below shows that in 2011, white women had the highest rate of getting breast cancer, followed by black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.
I do think genetic factors play a major role in white females or anyone really, developing breast or lung cancer. In my family almost every member on my father’s side has contracted cancer in one form or another; from lung to breast, colon, ovarian and even skin cancer. However, there are also many other factors that come into play as well. Especially age at first period, age at menopause, age at first childbirth, body weight, number of child births and menopausal hormone therapy drugs used.
“Breast Cancer Rates by Race and Ethnicity.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. August 27, 2014. Accessed May 30, 2015.
“Race, Ethnicity, and Breast Cancer | Susan G. KomenÂ®.” Race, Ethnicity, and Breast Cancer | Susan G. KomenÂ®. Accessed May 30, 2015.
Female Breast Cancer
Incidence Rates* by Race and Ethnicity, U.S., 1999–2011