SEER Stat Fact Sheets: All Cancer Sites

Statistics at a GlanceShow More

At a Glance

  • Estimated New Cases in 2015 1,658,370
  • % of All New Cancer Cases100.0%
  • Estimated Deaths in 2015 589,430
  • % of All
    Cancer Deaths
    100.0%

Percent Surviving
5 Years

66.5% 2005-2011

Number of New Cases and Deaths per 100,000: The number of new cases of all cancer sites was 454.8 per 100,000 men and women per year. The number of deaths was 171.2 per 100,000 men and women per year. These rates are age-adjusted and based on 2008-2012 cases and deaths.

Lifetime Risk of Developing Cancer: Approximately 39.6 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with all cancer sites at some point during their lifetime, based on 2010-2012 data.

Prevalence of This Cancer: In 2012, there were an estimated 13,776,251 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.

66.5%

Percent Surviving
5 Years

66.5%

Based on data from SEER 18 2005-2011. 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 2015
Estimated
Deaths 2015
1. Breast Cancer (Female) 231,840 40,290
2. Lung and Bronchus Cancer 221,200 158,040
3. Prostate Cancer 220,800 27,540
4. Colon and Rectum Cancer 132,700 49,700
5. Bladder Cancer 74,000 16,000
6. Melanoma of the Skin 73,870 9,940
7. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 71,850 19,790
8. Thyroid Cancer 62,450 1,950
9. Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer 61,560 14,080
10. Endometrial Cancer 54,870 10,170
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All Cancer Sites 1,658,370 589,430

In 2015, it is estimated that there will be 1,658,370 new cases of all cancer sites and an estimated 589,430 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 454.8 per 100,000 men and women per year based on 2008-2012 cases.

Percent of New Cases by Age Group: All Cancer Sites
1.0% under 20; 2.7% 20-34; 5.2% 35-44; 14.0% 45-54; 24.3% 55-64; 25.8% 65-74; 19.2% 75-84; 7.9% 85 and older

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

Median Age
At Diagnosis

65

SEER 18 2008-2012, All Races, Both Sexes

Number of New Cases per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity & Sex: All Cancer Sites
MalesFemales
  • Male 516.6All RacesFemale 411.2
  • Male 519.8WhiteFemale 423.9
  • Male 590.1BlackFemale 401.2
  • Male 325.4Asian /
    Pacific Islander
    Female 297.5
  • Male 340.8American Indian /
    Alaska Native
    Female 308.8
  • Male 395.0HispanicFemale 322.2
  • Male 534.5Non-HispanicFemale 425.4

SEER 18 2008-2012, Age-Adjusted

Death rates for cancer are higher among the middle-aged and elderly populations. The number of deaths was 171.2 per 100,000 men and women per year based on 2008-2012 deaths.

Percent of Deaths by Age Group: All Cancer Sites
0.3% under 20; 0.8% 20-34; 2.1% 35-44; 8.7% 45-54; 19.0% 55-64; 25.3% 65-74; 27.4% 75-84; 16.4% 85 and older

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

Median Age
At Death

72

U.S. 2008-2012, All Races, Both Sexes

Number of Deaths per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity & Sex: All Cancer Sites
MalesFemales
  • Male 207.9All RacesFemale 145.4
  • Male 206.4WhiteFemale 145.6
  • Male 261.5BlackFemale 166.3
  • Male 128.4Asian /
    Pacific Islander
    Female 91.2
  • Male 186.7American Indian /
    Alaska Native
    Female 133.9
  • Male 148.0HispanicFemale 99.4
  • Male 212.9Non-HispanicFemale 149.5

U.S. 2008-2012, 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 0.9% each year over the last 10 years. Death rates have not changed significantly over 2002-2012. 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, Garshell J, Miller D, 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, 1975-2012, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2012/, based on November 2014 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER web site, April 2015.

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.