Cancer Stat Facts: Cancer of Any Site

Statistics at a GlanceShow More

At a Glance

  • Estimated New Cases in 2017 1,688,780
  • % of All New Cancer Cases100.0%
  • Estimated Deaths in 2017 600,920
  • % of All
    Cancer Deaths
    100.0%

Percent Surviving
5 Years

67.0% 2007-2013

Number of New Cases and Deaths per 100,000: The number of new cases of cancer of any site was 442.7 per 100,000 men and women per year. The number of deaths was 166.1 per 100,000 men and women per year. These rates are age-adjusted and based on 2010-2014 cases and deaths.

Lifetime Risk of Developing Cancer: Approximately 38.5 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer of any site at some point during their lifetime, based on 2012-2014 data.

Prevalence of This Cancer: In 2014, there were an estimated 14,738,719 people living with cancer of any site in the United States.

Survival StatisticsShow More

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.

67.0%

Percent Surviving
5 Years

67.0%

Based on data from SEER 18 2007-2013. Gray figures represent those who have died from cancer of any site. Green figures represent those who have survived 5 years or more.

Additional Information

Number of New Cases and DeathsShow More

How Common Is This Cancer?

Common Types of Cancer Estimated New
Cases 2017
Estimated
Deaths 2017
1. Breast Cancer (Female) 252,710 40,610
2. Lung and Bronchus Cancer 222,500 155,870
3. Prostate Cancer 161,360 26,730
4. Colon and Rectum Cancer 135,430 50,260
5. Melanoma of the Skin 87,110 9,730
6. Bladder Cancer 79,030 16,870
7. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 72,240 20,140
8. Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer 63,990 14,400
9. Leukemia 62,130 24,500
10. Endometrial Cancer 61,380 10,920
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Cancer of Any Site 1,688,780 600,920

In 2017, it is estimated that there will be 1,688,780 new cases of cancer of any site and an estimated 600,920 people will die of this disease.

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 442.7 per 100,000 men and women per year based on 2010-2014 cases.

Percent of New Cases by Age Group: Cancer of Any Site
1.0% under 20; 2.8% 20-34; 5.0% 35-44; 13.5% 45-54; 24.5% 55-64; 26.7% 65-74; 18.6% 75-84; 8.0% 85 and older

Cancer of any site is most frequently diagnosed among people aged 65-74.

Median Age
At Diagnosis

66

SEER 18 2010-2014, All Races, Both Sexes

Number of New Cases per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity & Sex: Cancer of Any Site
MalesFemales
  • Male 492.4All RacesFemale 408.7
  • Male 497.1WhiteFemale 421.5
  • Male 549.7BlackFemale 397.4
  • Male 308.6Asian /
    Pacific Islander
    Female 296.1
  • Male 331.4American Indian /
    Alaska Native
    Female 308.9
  • Male 372.2HispanicFemale 323.3
  • Male 510.9Non-HispanicFemale 423.2

SEER 18 2010-2014, Age-Adjusted

Death rates for cancer are higher among the middle-aged and elderly populations. The number of deaths was 166.1 per 100,000 men and women per year based on 2010-2014 deaths.

Percent of Deaths by Age Group: Cancer of Any Site
0.3% under 20; 0.8% 20-34; 2.0% 35-44; 8.2% 45-54; 19.4% 55-64; 26.0% 65-74; 26.6% 75-84; 16.8% 85 and older

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

Median Age
At Death

72

U.S. 2010-2014, All Races, Both Sexes

Number of Deaths per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity & Sex: Cancer of Any Site
MalesFemales
  • Male 200.5All RacesFemale 141.5
  • Male 199.8WhiteFemale 141.9
  • Male 247.3BlackFemale 161.8
  • Male 122.7Asian /
    Pacific Islander
    Female 88.8
  • Male 184.0American Indian /
    Alaska Native
    Female 129.3
  • Male 142.6HispanicFemale 97.7
  • Male 205.7Non-HispanicFemale 145.7

U.S. 2010-2014, 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 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 2005-2014. 5-year survival trends are shown below the figure.

More About This CancerShow More

More Information

Here are some resources for learning more about cancer.

References

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, Kosary CL, Yu M, Ruhl J, Tatalovich Z, Mariotto A, Lewis DR, Chen HS, Feuer EJ, Cronin KA (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2014, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2014/, based on November 2016 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER web site, April 2017.

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 Stat Facts: Cancer of Any Site. National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/all.html

These stat facts focus 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 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.