Cancer - Statistics & Facts

Cancer - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts about cancer in the U.S. and worldwide

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, making it one of modern medicine’s greatest challenges. The percentage of the U.S. population who has or ever had cancer has increased over the past twelve years. This is especially true for older people. Furthermore, men have a higher chance of developing cancer than women. For 2014, it was estimated there will be around 1.67 million new cases of cancer and some 586,000 deaths attributable to cancer in the United States.


Breast and the prostate are the most prevalent forms of cancer amongst women and men respectively. From an ethnic point of view, African-American men are the group with the highest incidence rate of cancer in the United States. Kentucky and Delaware are the U.S. states where the rate of cancer is the highest. Arizona and Utah on the other hand have the lowest number of new cancer cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

While incidence rates are increasing, cancer death rates have constantly fallen since 1990. Men have a higher risk of mortality from cancer than women. African-Americans are the ethnic group with the highest number of cancer-related deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. Lung and bronchial cancer cause the highest number of cancer-related deaths. Approximately 72,000 women and 87,000 men die from this type of cancer annually. The chance of surviving for a five-year period upon diagnosis has increased from 49 percent in the 1970s to 68 percent nowadays.

The cancer drug market is the top pharmaceutical therapeutic area both in the United States, and worldwide. Expenditure on oncologic medicine in the U.S. was worth almost 28 billion U.S. dollars in 2013. The top cancer drug worldwide is Roche’s Rituxan, generating 7.5 billion U.S. dollars of revenue in 2013. The United States is a top global developer of new cancer drugs. In 2012, the number of cancer medicines in development was 981. Among them, the largest groups were aimed at treating lung, lymphoma, and breast cancer.
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Statista Dossier August 2014
Language:   English
Page/s: 86
Released: August 2014
Document: Powerpoint (PPTX)