publication date: Jan. 10, 2014


Declines in death rates over past two decades have added up to a 20 percent drop in the overall risk of dying from cancer, according to the American Cancer Society’s annual statistics report.

The report, Cancer Statistics 2014, finds progress has been most rapid for middle-aged black men, with death rates declining by approximately 50 percent. Despite this, black men continue to have the highest cancer incidence and death rates among all ethnicities in the U.S.

The report is a compilation of recent data on cancer incidence, mortality, and survival based on incidence data from NCI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and mortality data from the National Center for Health Statistics. The data are disseminated in two reports: Cancer Statistics, published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, and its companion article, Cancer Facts & Figures.

The 20 percent decline translated to the avoidance of approximately 1,340,400 cancer deaths, or 952,700 among men and 387,700 among women, between 1991 and 2010. In 2014, the report estimates there will be 1,665,540 new cancer cases and 585,720 cancer deaths in the U.S.

Among men, prostate, lung, and colon cancer will account for about half of all newly diagnosed cancers, with prostate cancer alone accounting for about one in four cases. Among women, the three most common cancers in 2014 will be breast, lung, and colon, which together will account for half of all cases. Breast cancer alone is expected to account for 29 percent of all new cancers among women.

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