Statistics at a Glance
At a Glance
Estimated New Cases in 2018 1,735,350
% of All New Cancer Cases 100.0%
Estimated Deaths in 2018 609,640
% of All Cancer Deaths 100.0%
|Year||New Cases - SEER 9||New Cases - SEER 13||Deaths - U.S.||Percent Surviving 5 Years - SEER 9|
Number of New Cases and Deaths per 100,000: The number of new cases of cancer of any site was 439.2 per 100,000 men and women per year. The number of deaths was 163.5 per 100,000 men and women per year. These rates are age-adjusted and based on 2011-2015 cases and deaths.
Lifetime Risk of Developing Cancer: Approximately 38.4 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer of any site at some point during their lifetime, based on 2013-2015 data.
Prevalence of This Cancer: In 2015, there were an estimated 15,112,098 people living with cancer of any site in the United States.
How Many People Survive 5 Years Or More after Being Diagnosed with Cancer of Any Site?
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.
Based on data from SEER 18 2008-2014. Gray figures represent those who have died from cancer of any site. Green figures represent those who have survived 5 years or more.
Number of New Cases and Deaths
How Common Is This Cancer?
|Rank||Common Types of Cancer||Estimated New
|1.||Breast Cancer (Female)||266,120||40,920|
|2.||Lung and Bronchus Cancer||234,030||154,050|
|5.||Melanoma of the Skin||91,270||9,320|
|8.||Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer||65,340||14,970|
|Cancer of Any Site||1,735,350||609,640|
In 2018, it is estimated that there will be 1,735,350 new cases of cancer of any site and an estimated 609,640 people will die of this disease.
Who Gets This Cancer?
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 cancer of any site was 439.2 per 100,000 men and women per year based on 2011-2015 cases.
|American Indian/Alaska Native||325.6|
|American Indian/Alaska Native||311.4|
SEER 18 2011-2015, Age-Adjusted
|Age Range||Percent of New Cases|
Cancer of any site is most frequently diagnosed among people aged 65-74.
SEER 18 2011-2015, All Races, Both Sexes
Who Dies From This Cancer?
Death rates for cancer are higher among the middle-aged and elderly populations. The number of deaths was 163.5 per 100,000 men and women per year based on 2011-2015 deaths.
|American Indian/Alaska Native||181.5|
|American Indian/Alaska Native||127.6|
U.S. 2011-2015, Age-Adjusted
|Age Range||Percent of Deaths|
The percent of cancer of any site deaths is highest among people aged 65-74.
U.S. 2011-2015, All Races, Both Sexes
Trends in Rates
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 cancer of any site cases have been falling on average 1.1% each year over the last 10 years. Death rates have been falling on average 1.5% each year over 2006-2015. 5-year survival trends are shown below.
New cases come from SEER 9 Incidence. Deaths come from U.S. Mortality. 1975-2015, All Races, Both Sexes. Rates are Age-Adjusted.
SEER 9 5-Year Relative Survival Percent from 1975-2010, All Races, Both Sexes.View Data Table
More About This Cancer
Here are some resources for learning more about cancer.
- Learn more about cancer
- More about risk factors for cancer
- More about symptoms and diagnosis of cancer
- More about treatment options for cancer
- More about clinical trials
- More about cancer prevention
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:
Noone AM, Howlader N, Krapcho M, Miller D, Brest A, Yu M, Ruhl J, Tatalovich Z, Mariotto A, Lewis DR, Chen HS, Feuer EJ, Cronin KA (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2015, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, https://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2015/, based on November 2017 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER web site, April 2018.
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 Stat Facts: Cancer of Any Site. National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/all.html
These stat facts focus on population statistics that are based on the U.S. 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 these stat facts 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. These stat facts do not address causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up care, or decision making, although links are provided to information in many of these areas.