US Cancer Statistics

US Cancer Statistics


Cancer is the second leading cause of death of americans with about 600,000 deaths in 2017. This is inspite of the fact that the survival rate of cancer is improvingdue to improvements in medical care. Among cancers, breast cancer is number one in the number of cases with over 3.9 million cases between 1999 and 2016. However, the leading killer is lung and bronchial cancer with 2.8 million deaths between 1999 and 2016. Leukemia is the leading cancer type afflicting children. By race, African americans have the highest cancer rate at 496 cases per 100,000, with Whites slightly lower at 488 cases per 100,000 people. Asians and Native Americans have considerably lesser incidence rates of 315 cases and 309 cases respectively.

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Statistics by State

The following list shows the top state for death by cancer type. The number in the paranthesis is the death rate for the cancer type per 100,000 people between 1999 and 2016.


Key Indicators

US Cancer Incidence Rate