Cancer  /  Age - A Major Risk Factor

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    • Percent of New Cancer Cases Diagnosed in People Over 65  
    • The most common sites for cancer in Americans age 65+: Lung and bronchus – 140,336 cases Prostate – 117,001 cases Breast – 96,981 cases Colon & rectum – 80,343 cases  
    • Approximately 60 percent of cancer survivors are age 65 or older.  
    • The median age at cancer diagnosis is 66 years old.  
    • Probability of Developing Invasive Cancers within Selected Age Intervals by Sex, U.S., 2005-2007  
    • Around 78 percent of all cancers are diagnosed in people age 55 and older.  
    • Percent of New Cancer Cases by Age Group: All Cancer Sites  
    • Around 78 percent of all cancers are diagnosed in people age 55 and older.  
    • More than 20% of cervical cancer cases are among women 65 years or older.  
    • Around 90% of cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed in people 50 years and older.  
    • An estimated 60% of prostate cancer cases are diagnosed in men 65 years and older.  
    • Around 67% of all cases of breast cancer are in women age 55 years and older.  
    • Close to 77% of all cancers are diagnosed in Americans age 55 years and older.  
    • Incidence and death rates for colorectal cancer increase with age. 91% of new cases and 94% of deaths occur in individuals 50 and older and the incidence rate for this age…  
    • Probability of Developing Invasive Cancers Over Selected Age Intervals by Sex, US, 2002-2004  
    • Approximately 77% of all cancers are diagnosed in Americans 55 and older.  
    • A man between 65 and 74 is 167.2 times more likely to develop prostate cancer than a male under age 50.  
    • More than 65% of all prostate cancer cases occur in men age 65 and older.  
    • The incidence rate for colorectal cancer is more than 50 times higher in people ages 60-79 than in those under 40.  
    • About 77% of all cancer cases are diagnosed in individuals age 55 and older.  
    • Age is a major risk factor for developing cancer.  
    • Breast cancer risk increases as a woman ages. Close to 8 out of 10 cases are diagnosed in women over the age of 50.  
    • The median age for cancer diagnosis in the U.S. is 70 years.  
    • Women younger than 65 are about 2 times as likely to survive ovarian cancer than a woman 65 and older.  
    • A woman’s risk of breast cancer increases with age–about 80% of breast cancer cases occur in women over the age 50.  
    • More than 95% of colorectal cancer cases are diagnosed in individuals age 50 and older.  
    • Risk for ovarian cancer increases with age, with the greatest risk in the late 70s.  
    • A woman 70 or older is 13 times more likely to develop invasive cancer than a woman 39 or younger.  
    • A man 70 or older is 27 times more likely to develop invasive cancer than a man 39 or younger.  
    • Approximately 75% of all cancer cases are diagnosed in people 55 and older.  
    • Age is the greatest risk factor for prostate cancer with more than 65% of all cases diagnosed in men age 65 and older.  
    • The incidence of colorectal cancer is more than 50 times higher in people ages 60-79 than in those under 40. 91% of new cases and 94% of deaths from colorectal…