SEER Stat Fact Sheets: All Cancer Sites

Mortality and lifetime risk have not been updated to include 2011 data (view details).

Statistics at a GlanceShow More

At a Glance

  • Estimated New Cases in 2014 1,665,540
  • % of All New Cancer Cases100.0%
  • Estimated Deaths in 2014 585,720
  • % of All
    Cancer Deaths
    100.0%

Percent Surviving
5 Years

66.1% 2004-2010

Number of New Cases and Deaths per 100,000: The number of new cases of all cancer sites was 460.0 per 100,000 men and women per year. The number of deaths was 176.4 per 100,000 men and women per year. These rates are age-adjusted and based on 2007-2011 cases and 2006-2010 deaths.

Lifetime Risk of Developing Cancer: Approximately 40.8 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with all cancer sites at some point during their lifetime, based on 2008-2010 data.

Prevalence of this cancer: In 2011, there were an estimated 13,397,159 people living with all cancer sites in the United States.

Survival StatisticsShow More

How Many People Survive 5 Years Or More after Being Diagnosed with All Cancer Sites?

Relative survivalExternal Web Site Policy statistics compare the survival of patients diagnosed with cancer with the survival of people in the general population who are the same age, race, and sex and who have not been diagnosed with cancer. Because survival statistics are based on large groups of people, they cannot be used to predict exactly what will happen to an individual patient. No two patients are entirely alike, and treatment and responses to treatment can vary greatly.

66.1%

Percent Surviving
5 Years

66.1%

Based on data from SEER 18 2004-2010. Gray figures represent those who have died from all cancer sites. Green figures represent those who have survived 5 years or more.

Additional Information

Number of New Cases and DeathsShow More

How Common Is This Cancer?

Common Types of Cancer Estimated New
Cases 2014
Estimated
Deaths 2014
1. Prostate Cancer 233,000 29,480
2. Breast Cancer (Female) 232,670 40,000
3. Lung and Bronchus Cancer 224,210 159,260
4. Colon and Rectum Cancer 136,830 50,310
5. Melanoma of the Skin 76,100 9,710
6. Bladder Cancer 74,690 15,580
7. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 70,800 18,990
8. Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer 63,920 13,860
9. Thyroid Cancer 62,980 1,890
10. Endometrial Cancer 52,630 8,590
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All Cancer Sites 1,665,540 585,720

In 2014, it is estimated that there will be 1,665,540 new cases of all cancer sites and an estimated 585,720 people will die of this disease.

Overall cancer incidence rates are higher among men than women. Among racial/ethnic groups, there are more new cases among African American men and white women and fewer new cases among Asian/Pacific Islanders of both sexes. The number of new cases of all cancer sites was 460.0 per 100,000 men and women per year based on 2007-2011 cases.

Percent of New Cases by Age Group: All Cancer Sites
1.0% under 20; 2.7% 20-34; 5.2% 35-44; 14.1% 45-54; 24.1% 55-64; 25.4% 65-74; 19.6% 75-84; 7.8% 85 and older

All cancer sites is most frequently diagnosed among people aged 65-74.

Median Age
At Diagnosis

65

SEER 18 2007-2011, All Races, Both Sexes

Number of New Cases per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity & Sex: All Cancer Sites
MalesFemales
  • Male 528.9All RacesFemale 411.0
  • Male 531.5WhiteFemale 424.0
  • Male 600.5BlackFemale 398.7
  • Male 330.7Asian /
    Pacific Islander
    Female 292.8
  • Male 347.0American Indian /
    Alaska Native
    Female 301.3
  • Male 408.4HispanicFemale 325.2
  • Male 546.2Non-HispanicFemale 424.4

SEER 18 2007-2011, Age-Adjusted

Death rates for cancer are higher among the middle-aged and elderly populations. The number of deaths was 176.4 per 100,000 men and women per year based on 2006-2010 deaths.

Percent of Deaths by Age Group: All Cancer Sites
0.4% under 20; 0.8% 20-34; 2.3% 35-44; 8.9% 45-54; 18.5% 55-64; 24.9% 65-74; 28.4% 75-84; 15.8% 85 and older

The percent of all cancer sites deaths is highest among people aged 75-84.

Median Age
At Death

72

U.S. 2006-2010, All Races, Both Sexes

Number of Deaths per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity & Sex: All Cancer Sites
MalesFemales
  • Male 215.3All RacesFemale 149.7
  • Male 213.1WhiteFemale 149.8
  • Male 276.6BlackFemale 171.2
  • Male 132.4Asian /
    Pacific Islander
    Female 92.1
  • Male 191.0American Indian /
    Alaska Native
    Female 139.0
  • Male 152.1HispanicFemale 101.2
  • Male 219.9Non-HispanicFemale 153.7

U.S. 2006-2010, Age-Adjusted

Trends in RatesShow More

Changes Over Time

Keeping track of the number of new cases, deaths, and survival over time (trends) can help scientists understand whether progress is being made and where additional research is needed to address challenges, such as improving screening or finding better treatments.

Using statistical models for analysis, rates for new all cancer sites cases have been falling on average 0.7% each year over 2002-2011. Death rates have been falling on average 1.5% each year over 2001-2010. 5-year survival trends are shown below the figure.

More About This CancerShow More

More Information

Here are some resources for learning more about cancer.

References

All statistics in this report are based on statistics from SEER and the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics. Most can be found within:

Howlader N, Noone AM, Krapcho M, Garshell J, Neyman N, Altekruse SF, Kosary CL, Yu M, Ruhl J, Tatalovich Z, Cho H, Mariotto A, Lewis DR, Chen HS, Feuer EJ, Cronin KA (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2011, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2011/, based on November 2013 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER web site, April 2014.

Suggested Citation

All material in this report is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission; citation as to source, however, is appreciated.

SEER Cancer Statistics Factsheets: All Cancer Sites. National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/all.html

This factsheet focuses on population statistics that are based on the US population. Because these statistics are based on large groups of people, they cannot be used to predict exactly what will happen to an individual patient. To see tailored statistics, browse the SEER Cancer Statistics Review. To see statistics for a specific state, go to the State Cancer ProfilesExternal Web Site Policy.

The statistics presented in this factsheet are based on the most recent data available, most of which can be found in the SEER Cancer Statistics Review. In some cases, different year spans may be used. Estimates for the current year are based on past data.

Cancer is a complex topic. There is a wide range of information available. This factsheet does not address causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up care, or decision making, although it provides links to information in many of these areas.