The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer has statistics on cancer deaths, new cases (incidence), and survival.External Web Site Policy The report includes long-term trends (since 1999) and short-term trends with the most recent 5 years of data (2012-2016 for mortality; 2011-2015 for incidence). Scroll down to see overall rates as well as rates for the most common cancer types in the US.

Cancer Death Rates

Downward trends in mortality (cancer death rates) are the gold standard for evidence of progress against cancer.External Web Site Policy

Cancer death rates declined for men, women, and children Enlarge Image

From 1999 to 2016, cancer death rates declined for men, women, and children.External Web Site Policy

Overall cancer death rates decreased during 1999-2016 by:

  • An average of 1.8 percent per year for men.
  • An average of .9 percent from 1999 to 2002, then 1.4 percent per year for women from 2002-2016.
  • An average of 1.3 percent for children ages 0-14 years.

Between 2012 and 2016, overall cancer death rates decreased by an average of 1.8 percent per year for men and an average of 1.4 percent per year for women.External Web Site Policy

Between 2012 and 2016, overall cancer death rates decreased by an average of 1.8 percent per year for men and an average of 1.4 percent per year for women. Enlarge Image

Ten of the 19 most common cancers in men showed decreases in mortality:External Web Site Policy leukemia, melanoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and cancers of the colon/rectum, larynx, lung and bronchus, stomach, bladder, esophagus, and kidney. Non-melanoma skin cancer and cancers of the brain and other nervous system, liver, oral cavity and pharynx, pancreas, and soft tissue including heart showed increases in mortality for men between 2012 and 2016, with non-melanoma skin cancer having the greatest increase.

Thirteen of the 20 most common cancers in women showed decreases in mortalityExternal Web Site Policy: leukemia, melanoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and cancers of the bladder, breast, cervix, colon/rectum, esophagus, gallbladder, kidney, lung and bronchus, ovary, and stomach. Melanoma had the greatest decrease in mortality. Cancers of the brain and other nervous system, uterus, liver, pancreas, and soft tissue including heart showed increases in mortality for women between 2012 and 2016, with uterine and liver cancers having the greatest increases.

Recent rapid declines in death rates from melanoma of the skin likely result from introduction of new therapies that have improved survival rates for advanced melanoma.External Web Site Policy

Recent rapid declines in death rates from melanoma of the skin likely result from introduction of new therapies Enlarge Image

Rates of new cases and deaths from lung, bladder, and larynx cancers continue to decrease along with the smoking rate.External Web Site Policy

Rates of new cases and deaths from lung, bladder, and larynx cancers decrease along with the smoking rate. Enlarge Image

Rates of New Cancer Cases

Between 1999 and 2015, overall cancer incidence rates (new cases of cancer per 100,000 people in the U.S.) continued to decrease among men and remained stable among women.External Web Site Policy

Overall cancer incidence rates:

  • Decreased an average of 2.1 percent per year for men (during 1999-2015).
  • Remained stable for women (during 1999-2015).
  • The incidence rate for all cancer sites combined (all ages combined) in 2011–2015 was approximately 1.2 times higher among men than among women.
  • The overall cancer incidence rate for children ages 0-14 years increased an average of 0.9% per year during 2011-2015.

Between 2011 and 2015, eight of the 17 most common cancers in men showed decreases in incidence:External Web Site Policy prostate, lung and bronchus, colon/rectum, bladder, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, stomach, brain and other nervous system, and larynx. Prostate cancer had the greatest decrease in incidence. Melanoma, myeloma, and cancers of the kidney, liver, oral cavity, pancreas, and thyroid in men showed increases in incidence between 2011 and 2015, with liver cancer having the greatest increase.

Between 2011 and 2015, six of the 18 most common cancers in women showed decreases in incidence:External Web Site Policy non-Hodgkin lymphoma, bladder, brain and other nervous system, colon/rectum, lung and bronchus, and ovary. Lung cancer had the greatest decrease in incidence. Leukemia, melanoma, myeloma, and cancers of the breast, uterus, kidney, liver, oral cavity and pharynx, and pancreas showed increases in incidence among women between 2011 and 2015. Liver cancer had the greatest increase.

Between 2011 and 2015, six of the 18 most common cancers in women showed decreases in incidence. Enlarge Image

Rates for new cases of cancers related to excess weight and physical inactivity have been increasing in recent decades.External Web Site Policy

Rates for new cases of cancers related to excess weight and physical inactivity have been increasing in recent decades Enlarge Image

Cancer is more common among men than women, mostly due to higher rates of tobacco use, occupational exposures to carcinogens, and infection with oral HPV and Hepatitis B and C.External Web Site Policy

Cancer is more common among men than women Enlarge Image

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