Cancer Trends Progress Report

The Cancer Trends Progress ReportExternal Web Site Policy summarizes our nation’s progress against cancer in relation to Healthy People targets determined by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The report includes key measures of progress along the cancer control continuum and uses national trend data to illustrate where advances have been made in the following areas:

  • Prevention - Covers behaviors that can help people prevent cancer including tobacco use, secondhand smoke, diet and nutrition, alcohol use, weight, physical activity, and sun protection.
  • Early Detection (Screening) - Describes trends in the use of mammography, Pap test, fecal occult blood test, and colorectal endoscopy.
  • Diagnosis - Provides rates of new cancers by cancer site and by racial and ethnic group, as well as stage at diagnosis.
  • Treatment - Summarizes trends in quality of care, clinical trials, patterns of care, emerging treatments, and associated outcomes.
  • Life After Cancer - Explores 5-year survival rates for some of the leading cancers, the costs of cancer care, and smoking behavior among survivors.
  • End of Life - Provides data on cancer mortality by major sites, and in terms of years of life lost to cancer and other major causes of death.