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United States Cancer Statistics (USCS)
The Impact of Cancer
The National Institutes of Health estimated that for 2009, the overall annual cost of cancer was about $216.6 billion,4 broken down as follows:
These costs likely increased because of the growth and aging of the U.S. population.
*The estimates of direct costs are obtained from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Web site.
How Cancer Data Are Collected
Uses of Cancer Data
Additional resource: Archive of the Annual Reports to the Nation
1American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2014. [PDF-1.8MB]* Atlanta (GA): American Cancer Society; 2014.
2Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Burden of Chronic Diseases and Their Risk Factors: National and State Perspectives 2004. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2005.
3Howlader N, Noone AM, Krapcho M, Garshell J, Miller D, Altekruse SF, Kosary CL, Yu M, Ruhl J, Tatalovich Z,Mariotto A, Lewis DR, Chen HS, Feuer EJ, Cronin KA (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975–2011, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2011/, based on November 2013 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER Web site, April 2014.
4National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. NHLBI Fact Book, Fiscal Year 2012. Bethesda (MD): National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; 2013.
5Curry SJ, Byers T, Hewitt M. Fulfilling the Potential of Cancer Prevention and Control. Washington (DC): The National Academies Press; 2003.
6Haynes MA, Smedley BD. The Unequal Burden of Cancer: An Assessment of NIH Research and Programs for Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved. Washington (DC): The National Academies Press; 1999.
7American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Standards of the Commission on Cancer Vol II: Registry Operations and Data Standards (ROADS). Chicago (IL): American College of Surgeons; 1998.
8Fritz A, Ries LAG. The SEER Program Code Manual, third edition. Bethesda (MD): National Cancer Institute; 1998.
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Page last reviewed: September 2, 2014
Page last updated: September 2, 2014
Content source: Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion