SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Stomach Cancer

Lifetime risk estimates are not available with the current statistics release, but will be added later when population data for older age groups are available.

Statistics at a GlanceShow More

At a Glance

  • Estimated New Cases in 2016 26,370
  • % of All New Cancer Cases1.6%
  • Estimated Deaths in 2016 10,730
  • % of All
    Cancer Deaths

Percent Surviving
5 Years

30.4% 2006-2012

Number of New Cases and Deaths per 100,000: The number of new cases of stomach cancer was 7.4 per 100,000 men and women per year. The number of deaths was 3.3 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 0.9 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with stomach cancer at some point during their lifetime, based on 2010-2012 data.

Prevalence of This Cancer: In 2013, there were an estimated 79,843 people living with stomach cancer in the United States.

Survival StatisticsShow More

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

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.


Percent Surviving
5 Years


Based on data from SEER 18 2006-2012. Gray figures represent those who have died from stomach cancer. Green figures represent those who have survived 5 years or more.

Additional Information

Cancer stage at diagnosis, which refers to extent of a cancer in the body, determines treatment options and has a strong influence on the length of survival. In general, if the cancer is found only in the part of the body where it started it is localized (sometimes referred to as stage 1). If it has spread to a different part of the body, the stage is regional or distant. The earlier stomach cancer is caught, the better chance a person has of surviving five years after being diagnosed. For stomach cancer, 26.7% are diagnosed at the local stage. The 5-year survival for localized stomach cancer is 66.9%.

Percent of Cases & 5-Year Relative Survival by Stage at Diagnosis: Stomach Cancer
Percent of Cases by Stage
  • Localized (27%)
    Confined to Primary Site
  • Regional (28%)
    Spread to Regional Lymph Nodes
  • Distant (35%)
    Cancer Has Metastasized
  • Unknown (10%)
27% localized; 28% regional; 35% distant; 10% unknown
5-Year Relative Survival
66.9% localized; 30.9% regional; 5.0% distant; 21.9% unstaged

SEER 18 2006-2012, All Races, Both Sexes by SEER Summary Stage 2000

Additional Information

Number of New Cases and DeathsShow More

How Common Is This Cancer?

Compared to other cancers, stomach cancer is relatively rare.

Common Types of Cancer Estimated New
Cases 2016
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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15. Stomach Cancer 26,370 10,730

Stomach cancer represents 1.6% of all new cancer cases in the U.S.


In 2016, it is estimated that there will be 26,370 new cases of stomach cancer and an estimated 10,730 people will die of this disease.

Stomach cancer is more common in men than women and among other races and ethnicities than non-Hispanic whites. Age, diet and stomach disease, including infection with Helicobacter pylori can affect the risk of developing stomach cancer. The number of new cases of stomach cancer was 7.4 per 100,000 men and women per year based on 2009-2013 cases.

Percent of New Cases by Age Group: Stomach Cancer
0.1% under 20; 1.6% 20-34; 4.4% 35-44; 12.1% 45-54; 21.0% 55-64; 25.7% 65-74; 23.3% 75-84; 11.8% 85 and older

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

Median Age
At Diagnosis


SEER 18 2009-2013, All Races, Both Sexes

Number of New Cases per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity & Sex: Stomach Cancer
  • Male 10.0All RacesFemale 5.3
  • Male 9.1WhiteFemale 4.5
  • Male 14.0BlackFemale 8.1
  • Male 14.3Asian /
    Pacific Islander
    Female 8.5
  • Male 13.5American Indian /
    Alaska Native
    Female 8.0
  • Male 13.5HispanicFemale 8.5
  • Male 9.5Non-HispanicFemale 4.8

SEER 18 2009-2013, Age-Adjusted

For stomach cancer, death rates increase with age. Stomach cancer is the fifteenth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. The number of deaths was 3.3 per 100,000 men and women per year based on 2009-2013 deaths.

Percent of Deaths by Age Group: Stomach Cancer
0.0% under 20; 1.3% 20-34; 3.8% 35-44; 10.3% 45-54; 18.3% 55-64; 23.0% 65-74; 25.8% 75-84; 17.5% 85 and older

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

Median Age
At Death


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

Number of Deaths per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity & Sex: Stomach Cancer
  • Male 4.5All RacesFemale 2.4
  • Male 3.9WhiteFemale 2.1
  • Male 8.8BlackFemale 4.2
  • Male 7.5Asian /
    Pacific Islander
    Female 4.4
  • Male 7.4American Indian /
    Alaska Native
    Female 3.8
  • Male 7.1HispanicFemale 4.1
  • Male 4.2Non-HispanicFemale 2.2

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 stomach cancer cases have been falling on average 1.5% each year over the last 10 years. Death rates have been falling on average 2.6% each year over 2004-2013. 5-year survival trends are shown below the figure.

More About This CancerShow More

Cancer and the Stomach

Drawing of gastric cancer shows the esophagus and the stomach.
Figure: Anatomy of the Digestive System
Click to enlarge.

The wall of the stomach is made up of 3 layers of tissue: the mucosal (innermost) layer, the muscularis (middle) layer, and the serosal (outermost) layer. Gastric cancer begins in the cells lining the mucosal layer and spreads through the outer layers as it grows.

Stromal tumors of the stomach begin in supporting connective tissue and are treated differently from gastric cancer. See the PDQ summary on Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors Treatment for more information.

Additional Information

More Information

Here are some resources for learning more about stomach cancer.


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,, 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: Stomach Cancer. National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD,

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.