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Cancer Facts & Figures for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, & Other Pacific Islander People

This report provides an overview of risk factors, screening, and cancer occurrence for disaggregated Asian American and Pacific Islander ethnic groups in the United States. In 2021, approximately 24 million Asian American and 1.7 million Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander people (single race or mixed race) lived in the United States, representing about 8% of the US population.

  • Cancer is the leading cause of death in Chinese, Filipino, Korean, and Vietnamese people.

  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander people are 75% more likely to die from liver cancer and 2 to 3 times more likely to die from cervical, stomach, and endometrial cancers compared to White people.

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Suggested citation: American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures for Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander People 2024-2026. Atlanta: American Cancer Society, Inc. 2024.

Please note that any reproduction or re-use of this publication or portions of it should credit the appropriate edition of the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, & Other Pacific Islander People 2024-2026 publication.?

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Glossary for Nonscientists

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Asian American

A broad term that refers to a person having origins in the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent.?This group includes, but is not limited to, Asian Indians, Cambodians, Chinese, Filipinos, Hmong, Japanese, Koreans, Pakistanis, Thai, and Vietnamese. ?

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Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

A broad term that refers to a person having origins in Hawaii (Hawai'i), Guam (Gu?han), Samoa (Sāmoa), Fiji or other Pacific Islands throughout Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia.