The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer (ARN) is an update of rates for new cases and deaths as well as trends for the most common cancers in the United States. ARN provides rates and trends for the most common cancers among adults, children (aged 0-14), and adolescents and young adults or AYAs (aged 15-39).

The report includes long-term trends (since 2001) and short-term trends with the most recent five years of data (2013-2017 for incidence and 2014-2018 for mortality).

See a Summary of Part I: Overall Cancer Statistics

Key Points

  • The Annual Report to the Nation provides recent trends in rates of new cancer cases (incidence) and death rates (mortality) in the United States.
  • Overall, cancer death rates decreased 2.2% per year (on average) among males and 1.7% per year (on average) among females.
  • Cancer death rates decreased an average of 0.9% per year among AYAs, and an average of 1.4% per year among children between 2014 and 2018.
  • Overall cancer incidence rates are leveling off among males after earlier declines and increasing slightly among females and AYAs.
    • These trends reflect population changes in cancer risk factors (such as excess body weight), screening test use and diagnostic practices.
  • The most common cancer types among children included leukemia, brain and other nervous system, and lymphoma, with increasing incidence trends for all three from 2001-2017.

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