Liver Cancer

Asian Americans have the highest rate of liver cancer as well as mortality from liver cancer among all U.S. ethnic and racial populations.

Incidence Rate

The incidence rate for liver and intrahepatic bile duct cancer among Asian/Pacific Islanders (from 2002 to 2006) was 21.4 per 100,000 men and 8.3 per 100,000 women. See the National Cancer Institute’s SEER Stat Fact Sheet for more information

Mortality Rates

Mortality rates among Asian/Pacific Islanders were 15.0 per 100,000 men and 6.6 per 100,000 women. Both incidence and mortality rates were higher compared with White or Black populations in the U.S.

This is the most significant cancer health disparity affecting Asian Americans in the U.S. On the positive side, Asians/Pacific Islanders have experienced a significant decrease in mortality rates over time compared to other groups. (Altekruse, 2009; Wong 2009) Specific data for liver cancer in Chinese-Americans were hard to obtain.