Cancer  /  Future Human Burden

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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    • In those exposed to asbestos over a significant period of time, between 2% and 10% will be diagnosed with mesothelioma.
       
    • Tobacco smoking as a major risk factor
      Worldwide, tobacco smoking (including second-hand smoke) was 1 of the top 3 leading risk factors for disease and contributed to an estimated 6.2 million deaths in 2010.  
    • Projected Growth in Cancer Cases by 2035
       
    • If cancer trends continue, cancer will soon be the leading cause of death in the U.S.  
    • Project Number of Cancer Cases for 2000-2050 by Age Group  
    • Over the next 10 years, the number of cancer survivors in the U.S. is projected to grow from 14.5 million to nearly 19 million.  
    • The incidence of cancer in the U.S. is projected to grow from $1.6 million in 2014 to 2.4 million by 2035.  
    • If cancer trends continue, cancer will soon be the leading cause of death in the U.S.  
    • Following the current path, the prostate cancer incidence rate will increase by 75.4% (786,000) between 2003 and 2023.  
    • Following the current path, the lung cancer incidence rate will increase by 34% between 2003 and 2023.  
    • Following the current path, colon cancer incidence rate will increase by 31.8% (447,000 people) between 2003 and 2023.  
    • Following the current path, breast cancer incidence rate will increase by 50.8% between 2003 and 2023.  
    • The number of cancer patients age 85 and older is expected to increase four-fold by 2050.  
    • As our population continues to age, a doubling of cancer diagnoses is predicted– from 1.3 million in 2000 to 2.6 million in 2050.  
    • Between 1992 and 2050, the annual number of colon cancer-related admissions for people age 60 and older is projected to increase from 192,000 to 448,000.