Incidence and Mortality

United States

In 2014, there will be an estimated 1,665,540 new cancer cases diagnosed and 585,720 cancer deaths in the US. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US, exceeded only by heart disease, accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths.
— Source: American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2014

Global cancer prevalence rates are on the rise owing to an aging population and changing lifestyle. Prevalence data is influenced by the increasing diagnosis and survival rates across the global market.


An estimated 14.1 million new cancer cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths occurred in 2012. Prevalence estimates for 2012 show that there were 32.6 million people (over the age of 15 years) alive who had had a cancer diagnosed in the previous five years.

By 2030, the global burden is expected to grow to 21.4 million new cancer cases and 13.2 million cancer deaths simply due to the growth and aging of the population, as well as reductions in childhood mortality and deaths from infectious diseases in developing countries.
— Source: International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

Top 5 most common cancers worldwide are lung, breast, colorectal, prostate and stomach. In 2012 there were 14.1 million new cases of cancer diagnosed worldwide. The top five cancers account for nearly 50% of new cases (6.9 million).
— Source: World Cancer Research Fund International

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