SEER Stat Fact Sheets: All Cancer Sites
Mortality and lifetime risk have not been updated to include 2011 data (view details).
Statistics at a GlanceShow More
At a Glance
- Estimated New Cases in 2014 1,665,540
- Estimated Deaths in 2014 585,720
Number of New Cases and Deaths per 100,000: The number of new cases of all cancer sites was 460.4 per 100,000 men and women per year. The number of deaths was 176.4 per 100,000 men and women per year. These rates are age-adjusted and based on 2007-2011 cases and 2006-2010 deaths.
Lifetime Risk of Developing Cancer: Approximately 40.8 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with all cancer sites at some point during their lifetime, based on 2008-2010 data.
Prevalence of this cancer: In 2011, there were an estimated 13,397,159 people living with all cancer sites in the United States.
Survival StatisticsShow More
How Many People Survive 5 Years Or More after Being Diagnosed with All Cancer Sites?
Relative survival statistics compare the survival of patients diagnosed with cancer with the survival of people in the general population who are the same age, race, and sex and who have not been diagnosed with cancer. Because survival statistics are based on large groups of people, they cannot be used to predict exactly what will happen to an individual patient. No two patients are entirely alike, and treatment and responses to treatment can vary greatly.
Based on data from SEER 18 2004-2010. Gray figures represent those who have died from all cancer sites. Green figures represent those who have survived 5 years or more.
Number of New Cases and DeathsShow More
How Common Is This Cancer?
|Common Types of Cancer||Estimated New
|2.||Breast Cancer (Female)||232,670||40,000|
|3.||Lung and Bronchus Cancer||224,210||159,260|
|4.||Colon and Rectum Cancer||136,830||50,310|
|5.||Melanoma of the Skin||76,100||9,710|
|8.||Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer||63,920||13,860|
|All Cancer Sites||1,665,540||585,720|
In 2014, it is estimated that there will be 1,665,540 new cases of all cancer sites and an estimated 585,720 people will die of this disease.
Who Gets This Cancer?
Overall cancer incidence rates are higher among men than women. Among racial/ethnic groups, there are more new cases among African American men and white women and fewer new cases among Asian/Pacific Islanders of both sexes. The number of new cases of all cancer sites was 460.4 per 100,000 men and women per year based on 2007-2011 cases.
All cancer sites is most frequently diagnosed among people aged 65-74.
SEER 18 2007-2011, All Races, Both Sexes
- All Races
- Asian /
- American Indian /
SEER 18 2007-2011, Age-Adjusted
Who Dies From This Cancer?
Death rates for cancer are higher among the middle-aged and elderly populations. The number of deaths was 176.4 per 100,000 men and women per year based on 2006-2010 deaths.
The percent of all cancer sites deaths is highest among people aged 75-84.
U.S. 2006-2010, All Races, Both Sexes
- All Races
- Asian /
- American Indian /
U.S. 2006-2010, Age-Adjusted
Trends in RatesShow More
Changes Over Time
Keeping track of the number of new cases, deaths, and survival over time (trends) can help scientists understand whether progress is being made and where additional research is needed to address challenges, such as improving screening or finding better treatments.
Using statistical models for analysis, rates for new all cancer sites cases have been falling on average 0.7% each year over 2002-2011. Death rates have been falling on average 1.5% each year over 2001-2010. 5-year survival trends are shown below the figure.
|5-Year Relative Survival||48.7%||49.1%||52.5%||57.7%||61.0%||64.0%||67.3%||68.5%|
SEER 9 Incidence 1975-2011 & U.S. Mortality 1975-2010, All Races, Both Sexes. Rates are Age-Adjusted.
More About This CancerShow More
Here are some resources for learning more about cancer.
- Learn more about cancer
- More about risk factors for cancer
- More about symptoms and diagnosis of cancer
- More about treatment options for cancer
- More about clinical trials
- More about cancer prevention
All statistics in this report are based on statistics from SEER and the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics. Most can be found within:
Howlader N, Noone AM, Krapcho M, Garshell J, Neyman N, Altekruse SF, Kosary CL, Yu M, Ruhl J, Tatalovich Z, Cho H, Mariotto A, Lewis DR, Chen HS, Feuer EJ, Cronin KA (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2011, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2011/, based on November 2013 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER web site, April 2014.
All material in this report is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission; citation as to source, however, is appreciated.
SEER Cancer Statistics Factsheets: All Cancer Sites. National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/all.html
This factsheet focuses on population statistics that are based on the US population. Because these statistics are based on large groups of people, they cannot be used to predict exactly what will happen to an individual patient. To see tailored statistics, browse the SEER Cancer Statistics Review. To see statistics for a specific state, go to the State Cancer Profiles.
The statistics presented in this factsheet are based on the most recent data available, most of which can be found in the SEER Cancer Statistics Review. In some cases, different year spans may be used. Estimates for the current year are based on past data.
Cancer is a complex topic. There is a wide range of information available. This factsheet does not address causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up care, or decision making, although it provides links to information in many of these areas.