Cancer  /  Age - A Major Risk Factor

In 2015, more than 1.6 million new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed and close to 600,000 people will die from the disease. Thankfully, major breakthroughs are changing how we prevent, treat, and cure cancer. Treatments are becoming increasingly personalized and advances in immuno-oncology, a field that uses the body’s own immune system to fight cancer, are causing a paradigm shift in cancer treatment. Use the navigation below and the search feature to view the data and to narrow down your search.

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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…