Cancer  /  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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    • 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.  
    • Voters Concerned About Cancer More than Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s, and more
       
    • In one study, 40 percent of cancer caregivers reported spending at least 21 hours a week on caregiving. More than half shouldered the caregiving burden with little or no…  
    • Of those cancer survivors employed at any time since their diagnosis, 48 percent of women and 34 percent of men, made changes in their work because of cancer.  
    • For those cancer survivors employed at any time since their diagnosis, cancer and its treatment interfered with physical tasks required for the job for 25 percent of people, and mental…  
    • Close to one-third of cancer survivors experience limitations in their ability perform activities of daily living.  
    • Depression affects 15 to 25 percent of cancer patients.  
    • Around 59 percent of cancer patients in active treatment, 33 percent of survivors, and 64 percent with advanced/metastatic/terminal disease experience pain.  
    • More than one in four cancer survivors have a high burden from their symptoms at one-year after their diagnosis–even those who are no longer getting treatment.  
    • Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death when men and women are combined.  
    • Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men.  
    • Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of both men and women in the U.S., accounting for around one in four cancer deaths.  
    • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women in the U.S.  
    • Estimated Cancer Deaths in 2015 by Cancer Type  
    • Around 1,620 people die from cancer each day.  
    • Cancer accounts for one out of every four deaths in the U.S.  
    • An estimated 589,430 people are expected to die from cancer in 2015.  
    • Cancer was the second most common cause of death in 2014, behind heart disease.  
    • Of those cancer survivors employed at any time since their diagnosis, 48 percent of women and 34 percent of men made changes in their work because of the cancer.  
    • Depression affects 15 to 25 percent of cancer patients.  
    • In the United States, cancer accounts for one out of every four deaths. An estimated 589,430 deaths are expected in 2015.  
    • In 2010, cancer accounted for 1.2 million hospital discharges from inpatient care.  
    • In 2010, cancer patients accounted for 29.2 million office , hospital outpatient, and emergency department visits.  
    • Between 2004 and 2008, an estimated $7.5 billion was lost due to loss of productivity in individuals with cancer.  
    • 17.9% of cancer survivors experienced anxiety as opposed to 13.9% of healthy controls.  
    • Lung cancer is the most lethal cancer in the United States, with more than 150,000 deaths attributed to the disease annually, and a five-year survival rate of 16%.   
    • The top two leading causes of death among those over 65 years of age, regardless of race, sex, or Hispanic origin are heart disease and cancer  
    • Cancer was the #2 cause of death for those over 65 in 2006 claiming 1,025 per 100,000 people.  
    • Five-Year Relative Survival Rates by Stage at Diagnosis, 1996-2003  
    • In 2007, an estimated 7,550 people (5,180 men and 2,370 women) will die of oral cavity and pharnyx cancer.  
    • In 2007, an estimated 33,370 people (16,840 men and 16,530 women) will die of pancreatic cancer.  
    • In 2007, an estimated 1,330 people (740 men and 590 women) will die of cancer of the bones and joints.  
    • In 2007, an estimated 3,560 people (1,840 men and 1,720 women) will die of soft tissue (including heart) cancer.  
    • In 2007, an estimated 55,740 people (27,720 men and 28,020 women) will die of cancer of the genital system.  
    • In 2007, an estimated 27,050 men will die of prostate cancer.  
    • In 2007, an estimated 27,340 people (18,100 men and 9,240 women) will die of cancer of the urinary system.  
    • In 2007, an estimated 220 people (110 men and 110 women) will die of eye and orbit cancers.  
    • In 2007, an estimated 12,740 people (7,150 men and 5,590 women) will die of brain and other nervous system cancers.  
    • In 2007, an estimated 2,320 people (1,030 men and 1,290 women) will die of cancer of the endocrine system.  
    • In 2007, an estimated 19,730 people (10,370 men and 9,360 women) will die of lymphoma (hodgkin and non-hodgkin lymphoma).  
    • In 2007, an estimated 10,790 (5,550 men and 5,240 women) will die of multiple myeloma.  
    • In 2007, an estimated 21,790 people (12,320 men and 9,470 women) will die of leukemia.  
    • In 2007, an estimated 15,280 women will die of ovarian cancer.  
    • In 2007, an estimated 10,850 people (7,140 men and 3,710 women) will die of skin cancer.  
    • In 2007, an estimated 160,390 people (89,510 men and 70,880 women) will die of lung and bronchus cancer.  
    • In 2007, an estimated 52,180 people (26,000 men and 26,180 women) will die of colon cancer.  
    • In 2007, an estimated 3,670 women will die of uterine cervical cancer.  
    • In 2007, an estimated 40,910 people (450 men and 40,460 women) will die of breast cancer.  
    • In 2007, an estimated 559,650 people (289,550 men and 270,100 women) will die of cancer.  
    • In 2006, approximately 40,970 women will die from invasive breast cancer.  
    • In 2003, about 10 million Americans were living with cancer.  
    • Among women, the 4 leading incident cancers from 2000-2004 were breast, lung, colorectal, and uterine.  
    • 85-95% of colorectal cancer patients can be cured if the cancer is detected in stage I. If the cancer isn’t detected until a later stage, then the average 5-year survival…  
    • A woman’s lifetime risk of cervical cancer is about 0.7% with screening, and 2.5% without.  
    • For women who have not been screened, the risk of developing invasive cervical cancer is 3-10 times greater.  
    • More than 70% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no identifiable risk factors.  
    • A woman living in the U.S. has a 1 in 7 lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.  
    • About 214,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2006.  
    • Patients’ treatment times differed during their last year of life, because of increased hospitalization. Treatment times were longest for gastric, lung and ovarian cancers — 35.4, 32.4, and 31.9 days,…  
    • Breast cancer patients spent 66.2 more hours receiving medical care in the first year after diagnosis, compared with similar people without cancer.  
    • Men with prostate cancer spent 55.3 more hours receiving medical care in the first year after diagnosis, compared with similar people without cancer.  
    • Hours lost to patients because of cancer care were 368 in the first year after diagnosis with ovarian cancer, 272 hours with lung cancer, and 193 hours for kidney cancer.  
    • Cancer continues to be the second-leading cause of death in the U.S., exceeded only by cardiovascular disease.  
    • Trends in the Number of Cancer Deaths Among Men and Women, U.S., 1930-2003  
    • Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.  
    • Cancer Death Rates, for Men, 1930-2002  
    • A woman’s chance of dying from breast cancer sometime during her lifetime is about 1 in 33.  
    • Cancer accounts for 1 out of every 4 deaths in the United States.  
    • Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease.  
    • Based on preliminary data, cancer (malignant neoplasms) was the second leading cause of death in the United States in 2004, causing 550,270 deaths – ~23% of all deaths.  
    • In 2002, cancer caused 391,001 deaths in people age 65 years and older – ~70% of all cancer deaths that year.  
    • In 2002, cancer caused 557,271 deaths.  
    • Colon and rectum cancer account for about 10% of all cancer deaths.  
    • 43% of older men and 45% of older women with a history of cancer report some type of activity limitation.  
    • Less than 20% of 65-year-olds who have been diagnosed with cancer are free of comorbidities and physical limitations.  
    • 1.3 million cancer patients were discharged from hospital inpatient stays in 2003. More than 650,000 of them were over 65.  
    • 45% of middle-age men who have been diagnosed with cancer in the last year have recurring pain. 41% of middle-age women with a history of cancer experience recurring pain.  
    • In 2002, cancer patients made 25.3 million office visits to their physicians.  
    • In 2002, cancer patients made 2.1 million visits to hospital outpatient departments.