Hawaiʻi Cancer Statistics

Understanding Diversity

Hawaii Cancer at a Glance, 2012-2016 report
Hawaiʻi Cancer at a Glance, 2012-2016

Hawaiʻi is an island state diverse in both its geography and demographics. The state's diversity plays an important role in the "Hawaiʻi Cancer at a Glance, 2012-2016," report on the variations in cancer incidence and mortality by county and across various racial and ethnic groups.  Disparities in cancer risk and outcomes across racial and ethnic groups may reflect genetic variations as well as differences in diet, tobacco and alcohol use, obesity, and other lifestyle exposures.

  1. Annually, an average of  7,011 Hawaiʻi residents are newly diagnosed with invasive cancer, and 2,347 individuals die from cancer.
  2. There are over 62,000 Hawaiʻi residents who are cancer survivors.
  3. Breast cancer remains the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women.
  4. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men.
  5. Hawaiʻi’s liver and stomach cancer incidence and mortality rates are significantly higher than the U.S.
  6. Lung cancer continues to be the leading cause of cancer death in the state. Lung cancer incidence was found to be the highest in Filipino and Native Hawaiian men, and in Native Hawaiian women.
  7. Thyroid cancer incidence is highest in Filipino women.
  8. Liver cancer incidence and mortality are highest in Native Hawaiian men.
  9. Whites have the highest rates of melanoma.

Learn more about cancer in Hawaiʻi, in "Hawaiʻi Cancer at a Glance, 2012-2016," by the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center's Hawaiʻi Tumor Registry.