Whites in United States at an Increased Risk of Developing Lung Cancer

A recently conducted study has stated that Whites and Blacks living in the US are at a greater risk of developing lung cancer in comparison to people from other ethnicities. The researchers had reached the conclusion after analyzing the data from 1998 to 2006.

In the study it was found that the number of Whites and Blacks dying per 100,000 people was the highest, with Whites leading at 76.1 and Blacks following at 69.7. Apart from the two ethnic groups, American or Alaskan Natives were at 48.4, Asian or Pacific Islanders at 38.4 and Hispanics at 37.3.

The highest incidence rate was found among people between the ages of 70 to 79-years old, with 463 cases of lung cancer being reported. The highest incidence rate among regions was found to be in the South at
76%, while the lowest rate was among people living in the West at 59%.

Regional and lifestyle differences have been cited to be the major reason behind the differences among people developing lung cancer.

The researchers while concluding the report observed that the findings would help in identifying regions and racial groups of people, who would benefit from prevention and awareness campaigns regarding the cancer. The new study will appear in the November 12, CDC publication of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.