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 14 years. Furthermore, men have a higher chance of developing cancer than women. For 2017, it was estimated there will be around 1.69 million new cases of cancer and some 600,000 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. New Mexico and Arizona 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 70,500 women and 85,700 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 69 percent nowadays.

The cancer drug market is among the top pharmaceutical therapeutic areas both in the United States, and worldwide. Expenditure on oncological medicine in the U.S. was worth some 39 billion U.S. dollars in 2015. The top cancer drug worldwidee is Roche’s Rituxan, generating 7.1 billion U.S. dollars of revenue in 2015. The United States is a top global developer of new cancer drugs. As of autumn 2015, the number of cancer medicines in development was 836. Among them, the largest groups were aimed at treating solid tumors, lung cancer, and leukemia.

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Facts on Cancer in the U.S. and worldwide
Number of deaths caused by cancer, worldwide as of 20158,800k Details →
Lung cancer was the most common type of cancer-related death in 201219.4% Details →
Most cancer-related deaths in 2012 occurred in China26.9% Details →
Estimated number of cancer deaths in the U.S. in 2017600,920 Details →
Incidence & Death RatesValuesStatistic
Incidence rate of cancer for women in the U.S. for 2009-2013 (per 100,000 population)418.5 Details →
Incidence rate of cancer for men in the U.S. for 2009-2013 (per 100,000 population)512.1 Details →
Deaths from cancer in the U.S. in 2014 (per 100,000 population)161.2 Details →
Deaths from cancer in Kentucky in 2013 (per 100,000 population)199.3 Details →
Deaths from cancer among Hispanic males in the U.S. in 2010-2014 (per 100,000 population)122.7 Details →
Share of cancer deaths among those aged 65 or older from 2007 to 200922.1% Details →
Probability of survivingValuesStatistic
Five-year relative survival rate for prostate cancer in the U.S. for 2006-201299% Details →
Number of U.S. Americans living with cancer in 2016 (in millions)15.5 Details →
Medical treatmentValuesStatistic
People living in households in which someone received cancer treatment as of 2016 (in millions)19.71 Details →
Number of oncology practices in the Midwest with 7 or more doctors55 Details →
Cancer Drug MarketValuesStatistic
Medicine spending in oncology in the U.S. in 201545.5bn USD Details →
Global oncology revenue of Roche in 2015$25,707m Details →
Revenue of Revlimid (Celgene) in 2015$5,801m Details →

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