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 Prevalence and biological factors contributing to breast cancer in Asian women:

Asian American women have a 81.6 per 100,000 incidence of a breast cancer diagnosis, with a death rate of 12.5 per 100,000.

Cancer affects Asian Americans in very different ways, based on country of origin. According to a study of the 5 largest Asian-American groups — Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese — colorectal cancer rates are highest among Chinese Americans; prostate cancer is more and common and more often deadly among Filipino men; and Vietnamese women have the highest incidence and death rates from cervical cancer.

Among Asian American or Pacific Islander women, breast cancer incidence (81.6 per 100,000) and mortality rates (12.5 per 100,000) are lower than Caucasian and African American women.

The 5 year survival rate for Asian women is 88 – 90.5%, based on racial/ethnic group, compared to 77.3% for African American women who have the worst 5 year survival rate.

Among Asian American or Pacific Islander women, breast cancer incidence (81.6 per 100,000) and mortality rates (12.5 per 100,000) are lower than Caucasian and African American women.

The 5 year survival rate for Asian women is 88 – 90.5%, based on racial/ethnic group, compared to 77.3% for African American women who have the worst 5 year survival rate.

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 those born in the U.S., the breast cancer risk is similar to that of Caucasian women.

**BRCA1 gene mutation which is linked to breast cancer, while the prevalence for Asian women in the USA is 0.5%.

**2.4% of Asian American women who had breast cancer and were under the age of 35 had the BRCA1 mutation.

Lifestyle

Breast cancer is the leading cancer 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. Incidence and mortality rates vary from group to group.
Only 37.9% of Asian and Pacific Islander women 40 years and older in the U.S. have a yearly mammogram and 48.5% within two years, the lowest rate of screening among all racial/ethnic groups.

Death

1997-2006, female breast cancer death rates declined by 0.6% per year among Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders.

Asian Americans have the lowest cancer incidence and death rates when compared to non-Hispanic whites, African Americans, and Hispanics in the US.

Cancer is the leading cause of death among Asian Americans, with heart disease being first among all other American racial and ethnic groups.

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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cancer: Symptoms of breast cancer. Atlanta, GA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2006.
  • National Cancer Institute (2010). SEER: Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program.