Cancer Facts & Figures for Hispanic and Latino People

According to 2020 census estimates from the US Census Bureau, 62 million Americans, or 19% of the population in the continental US and Hawaii, identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino. In addition, more than 3 million Hispanic Americans reside in Puerto Rico, a US territory. Cancer is the leading cause of death among Hispanic people, accounting for 20% of deaths. While Hispanic men and women are less likely than non-Hispanic Whites to be diagnosed with the most common cancers (lung, colorectal, breast, and prostate), they have a higher risk for cancers associated with infectious agents, such as liver, stomach, and cervix. However, there is much variation in the cancer burden among Hispanic people by nativity, which is difficult to capture because most data are reported for this heterogeneous population in aggregate.

Cancer facts such as these are presented in the updated edition of the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts and Figures for Hispanic/Latino People. This publication provides updated cancer information about Hispanic/Latino people, including statistics on cancer occurrence and risk factors, as well as information about prevention, early detection, and treatment.

The current and previous editions of the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts & Figures for Hispanic/Latino People are listed below as PDFs to make them easier to use.

Suggested citation: American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures for Hispanics/Latinos 2018-2020 (or the date range of the edition used)

Cancer Facts & Figures for Hispanic/Latino People 2021-2023 is accompanied by “Cancer Statistics for the US Hispanic/Latino Population, 2021,” a scientific paper published in the American Cancer Society journal, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians