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%

Percent Surviving
5 Years

66.9% 2008-2014
Year New Cases - SEER 9 New Cases - SEER 13 Deaths - U.S. Percent Surviving 5 Years - SEER 9
Observed Modeled Trend Observed Modeled Trend Observed Modeled Trend Observed Modeled Trend
1975 400.43 395.88 - - 199.14 200.46 48.95% 49.03%
1976 407.40 400.73 - - 202.30 201.56 49.39% 49.34%
1977 407.72 405.65 - - 203.02 202.67 49.25% 49.65%
1978 407.28 410.63 - - 204.42 203.78 49.38% 49.96%
1979 412.49 415.67 - - 204.53 204.90 49.04% 50.27%
1980 418.07 420.78 - - 206.96 206.03 49.35% 50.58%
1981 425.27 425.94 - - 206.40 207.16 50.12% 50.88%
1982 424.47 431.17 - - 208.32 208.30 50.08% 51.19%
1983 431.10 436.46 - - 209.21 209.45 50.99% 51.49%
1984 439.98 441.82 - - 210.91 210.60 51.33% 51.80%
1985 448.88 447.24 - - 211.35 211.23 52.76% 52.95%
1986 451.34 452.73 - - 211.79 211.86 53.68% 54.08%
1987 468.14 458.29 - - 211.91 212.50 54.95% 55.20%
1988 464.01 463.91 - - 212.62 213.13 55.60% 56.30%
1989 467.99 469.61 - - 214.30 213.77 55.99% 57.39%
1990 482.11 482.90 - - 214.95 214.41 57.90% 58.46%
1991 503.12 496.57 - - 215.06 215.06 60.21% 59.52%
1992 510.72 510.63 503.36 503.17 213.46 214.08 62.00% 60.56%
1993 493.50 498.28 487.02 487.39 213.45 213.10 61.46% 61.16%
1994 483.68 486.23 475.37 472.10 211.74 212.13 61.21% 61.77%
1995 477.29 474.46 471.52 474.00 209.89 209.41 61.81% 62.36%
1996 479.52 479.81 473.24 475.90 207.00 206.72 62.78% 62.95%
1997 486.80 485.21 478.77 477.81 203.55 204.07 63.56% 63.53%
1998 488.71 490.67 480.41 479.73 200.82 201.45 64.28% 64.11%
1999 490.95 489.07 481.54 481.65 200.72 199.86 65.47% 64.68%
2000 486.90 487.47 475.38 478.26 198.79 198.28 66.24% 65.24%
2001 490.62 485.88 478.98 474.89 196.29 196.71 67.09% 65.80%
2002 488.40 484.30 474.57 471.55 194.36 193.70 67.59% 66.35%
2003 476.25 482.72 463.73 468.23 190.89 190.75 67.02% 66.89%
2004 477.44 481.14 465.37 464.93 186.84 187.83 67.62% 67.43%
2005 473.51 479.57 461.27 461.66 185.23 184.97 68.03% 67.96%
2006 477.20 478.00 461.95 463.26 182.03 182.14 68.94% 68.48%
2007 483.23 476.44 469.24 464.87 179.26 179.36 69.51% 69.00%
2008 476.73 474.89 462.95 466.48 176.32 176.62 69.34% 69.51%
2009 475.59 473.34 461.64 458.73 173.40 173.93 69.70% 69.42%
2010 465.74 466.27 451.97 451.11 171.74 171.27 69.53% 69.34%
2011 460.45 459.32 444.82 443.62 168.74 168.66 - 69.25%
2012 447.85 452.46 432.14 436.25 166.34 166.08 - 69.16%
2013 442.10 445.71 425.81 429.00 163.19 163.55 - 69.07%
2014 439.88 439.06 422.16 421.88 161.30 161.05 - 68.98%
2015 436.03 432.51 417.94 414.87 158.68 158.59 - 68.89%

Modeled trend lines were calculated from the underlying rates using the Joinpoint Trend Analysis Software.


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.

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Survival Statistics

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.

66.9%

Percent Surviving
5 Years

66.9%

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.

Additional Information

Number of New Cases and Deaths

How Common Is This Cancer?

Rank Common Types of Cancer Estimated New
Cases 2018
Estimated
Deaths 2018
1. Breast Cancer (Female) 266,120 40,920
2. Lung and Bronchus Cancer 234,030 154,050
3. Prostate Cancer 164,690 29,430
4. Colorectal Cancer 140,250 50,630
5. Melanoma of the Skin 91,270 9,320
6. Bladder Cancer 81,190 17,240
7. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 74,680 19,910
8. Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer 65,340 14,970
9. Uterine Cancer 63,230 11,350
10. Leukemia 60,300 24,370
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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.

Number of New Cases per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity & Sex: Cancer of Any Site
Males
All Races 483.0
White 488.5
Black 535.0
Asian/Pacific Islander 303.5
American Indian/Alaska Native 325.6
Hispanic 362.9
Non-Hispanic 501.9
Females
All Races 409.9
White 423.1
Black 397.8
Asian/Pacific Islander 298.3
American Indian/Alaska Native 311.4
Hispanic 322.9
Non-Hispanic 425.0

SEER 18 2011-2015, Age-Adjusted

Percent of New Cases by Age Group: Cancer of Any Site
Age Range Percent of New Cases
<20 1.0%
20-34 2.8%
35-44 5.0%
45-54 13.3%
55-64 24.6%
65-74 27.2%
75-84 18.3%
>84 7.9%

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

Median Age
At Diagnosis

66

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.

Number of Deaths per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity & Sex: Cancer of Any Site
Males
All Races 196.8
White 196.4
Black 239.9
Asian/Pacific Islander 121.2
American Indian/Alaska Native 181.5
Hispanic 140.6
Non-Hispanic 201.9
Females
All Races 139.6
White 140.0
Black 159.0
Asian/Pacific Islander 88.3
American Indian/Alaska Native 127.6
Hispanic 97.1
Non-Hispanic 143.7

U.S. 2011-2015, Age-Adjusted

Percent of Deaths by Age Group: Cancer of Any Site
Age Range Percent of Deaths
<20 0.3%
20-34 0.8%
35-44 1.9%
45-54 7.9%
55-64 19.5%
65-74 26.5%
75-84 26.3%
>84 16.9%

The percent of cancer of any site deaths is highest among people aged 65-74.

Median Age
At Death

72

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.

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More Information

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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:

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.

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, 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.