Percentage of Americans being diagnosed with cancer as of 2013-2014, by military service and age

Cancer among those who served/served not in U.S. military 2013-2014 by age This statistic shows the percentage of those who served and served not in the U.S. military who reported being told by a health professional that they had some form of cancer, as of 2013-2014, by age. It was found that 48.2 percent of those aged 80 years or older who had served in the military reported being diagnosed with some form of cancer, compared to 34.1 percent of those in the same age group who had not served.
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Age groupServedDid not serve
18 to 39 years2.3%2.2%
40 to 59 years7.2%8.5%
60 to 79 years30%24.4%
80 years and older48.2%34.1%
Age groupServedDid not serve
18 to 39 years2.3%2.2%
40 to 59 years7.2%8.5%
60 to 79 years30%24.4%
80 years and older48.2%34.1%
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This statistic shows the percentage of those who served and served not in the U.S. military who reported being told by a health professional that they had some form of cancer, as of 2013-2014, by age. It was found that 48.2 percent of those aged 80 years or older who had served in the military reported being diagnosed with some form of cancer, compared to 34.1 percent of those in the same age group who had not served.
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Release date
November 2016
Region
United States
Survey time period
2013 and 2014
Number of respondents
around 400,000
Age group
18 years and older
Method of interview
Telephone interview
Supplementary notes
Data do not distinguish between those currently serving and those who have been discharged, the nature of discharges, involvement in active combat, or the era in which one served.
Figures represent adults who self-report being told by a health professional that they had some form of cancer.

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