Annual Report to the Nation 2017: Mortality Summary
Mortality = rate of deaths per 100,000
The Report to the Nation has statistics on cancer mortality in the U.S. Scroll down to see mortality rates for the most common cancers combined as well as specific types by sex.
Trends in mortality (cancer death rates) are the gold standard for evidence of progress against cancer.
Death rates decreased for 11 of the top 16 cancers in men and for 13 of the top 18 cancers in women, including lung, colon and rectum, female breast, and prostate cancers, whereas rates increased for liver cancer in both men and women, pancreas and brain cancers in men, and for uterine cancer in women.
Overall cancer death rates decreased during 2000-2014 by:
- An average of 1.8 percent per year for men.
- An average of 1.4 percent per year for women.
- An average of 1.7 percent per year for people ages 0 to 19.
Below are 5-year mortality trends for the most common cancers among men and women.
Researchers say the decrease in cancer mortality is largely due to reduced tobacco use. One-third of cancer deaths is related to tobacco use, so its decline brought down the overall death rate in the U.S. Early detection for cancers of the colon and rectum, breast, and cervix has improved in recent years, and so have treatments for many cancers. These improvements are likely related to the decrease in the rate of cancer deaths.