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Statistics for Different Kinds of Cancer

Every year, cancer claims the lives of more than half a million Americans. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease. One of every four deaths in the United States is due to cancer. According to the United States Cancer Statistics: 1999– 2011 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report,   576,685   people—about 1,580 people a day—died of cancer in the United States in 2011 , the latest year for which statistics are available.

The following pages show statistics for some of the most common kinds of cancer in the United States, based on data from the United States Cancer Statistics: 1999– 2011 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report.

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