SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Cancer of Any Site

Statistics at a GlanceShow More

At a Glance

  • Estimated New Cases in 2016 1,685,210
  • % of All New Cancer Cases100.0%
  • Estimated Deaths in 2016 595,690
  • % of All
    Cancer Deaths
    100.0%

Percent Surviving
5 Years

66.9% 2006-2012

Number of New Cases and Deaths per 100,000: The number of new cases of cancer of any site was 448.7 per 100,000 men and women per year. The number of deaths was 168.5 per 100,000 men and women per year. These rates are age-adjusted and based on 2009-2013 cases and deaths.

Lifetime Risk of Developing Cancer: Approximately 39.0 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer of any site at some point during their lifetime, based on 2011-2013 data.

Prevalence of This Cancer: In 2013, there were an estimated 14,140,254 people living with cancer of any site in the United States.

Survival StatisticsShow More

How Many People Survive 5 Years Or More after Being Diagnosed with Cancer of Any Site?

Relative survival 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.

66.9%

Percent Surviving
5 Years

66.9%

Based on data from SEER 18 2006-2012. Gray figures represent those who have died from cancer of any site. 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 2016
Estimated
Deaths 2016
1. Breast Cancer (Female) 246,660 40,450
2. Lung and Bronchus Cancer 224,390 158,080
3. Prostate Cancer 180,890 26,120
4. Colon and Rectum Cancer 134,490 49,190
5. Bladder Cancer 76,960 16,390
6. Melanoma of the Skin 76,380 10,130
7. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 72,580 20,150
8. Thyroid Cancer 64,300 1,980
9. Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer 62,700 14,240
10. Leukemia 60,140 24,400
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Cancer of Any Site 1,685,210 595,690

In 2016, it is estimated that there will be 1,685,210 new cases of cancer of any site and an estimated 595,690 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 cancer of any site was 448.7 per 100,000 men and women per year based on 2009-2013 cases.

Percent of New Cases by Age Group: Cancer of Any Site
1.0% under 20; 2.7% 20-34; 5.1% 35-44; 13.8% 45-54; 24.4% 55-64; 26.2% 65-74; 18.8% 75-84; 7.9% 85 and older

Cancer of any site is most frequently diagnosed among people aged 65-74.

Median Age
At Diagnosis

65

SEER 18 2009-2013, All Races, Both Sexes

Number of New Cases per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity & Sex: Cancer of Any Site
MalesFemales
  • Male 504.5All RacesFemale 409.9
  • Male 508.2WhiteFemale 422.5
  • Male 571.8BlackFemale 400.5
  • Male 317.3Asian /
    Pacific Islander
    Female 296.7
  • Male 338.5American Indian /
    Alaska Native
    Female 310.7
  • Male 382.9HispanicFemale 321.9
  • Male 522.9Non-HispanicFemale 424.4

SEER 18 2009-2013, Age-Adjusted

Death rates for cancer are higher among the middle-aged and elderly populations. The number of deaths was 168.5 per 100,000 men and women per year based on 2009-2013 deaths.

Percent of Deaths by Age Group: Cancer of Any Site
0.3% under 20; 0.8% 20-34; 2.0% 35-44; 8.5% 45-54; 19.2% 55-64; 25.6% 65-74; 26.9% 75-84; 16.6% 85 and older

The percent of cancer of any site deaths is highest among people aged 75-84.

Median Age
At Death

72

U.S. 2009-2013, All Races, Both Sexes

Number of Deaths per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity & Sex: Cancer of Any Site
MalesFemales
  • Male 204.0All RacesFemale 143.4
  • Male 202.9WhiteFemale 143.6
  • Male 254.2BlackFemale 163.8
  • Male 125.6Asian /
    Pacific Islander
    Female 89.6
  • Male 183.0American Indian /
    Alaska Native
    Female 132.3
  • Male 145.0HispanicFemale 98.5
  • Male 209.1Non-HispanicFemale 147.5

U.S. 2009-2013, 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 cancer of any site cases have been falling on average 1.0% each year over the last 10 years. Death rates have been falling on average 1.5% each year over 2004-2013. 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 and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Most can be found within:

Howlader N, Noone AM, Krapcho M, Miller D, Bishop K, Altekruse SF, Kosary CL, Yu M, Ruhl J, Tatalovich Z, Mariotto A, Lewis DR, Chen HS, Feuer EJ, Cronin KA (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2013, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2013/, based on November 2015 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER web site, April 2016.

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: Cancer of Any Site. 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 Profiles.

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.