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Cancer

Data are for the U.S.

Morbidity

  • Numbers of noninstitutionalized adults who have ever been diagnosed with cancer: 20.1 million
  • Percent of noninstitutionalized adults who have ever been diagnosed with cancer: 8.5%

Source: Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, tables 5, 6 [PDF - 1.3 MB]

Health care use: Ambulatory care

  • Number of visits (to physician offices, hospital outpatient and emergency departments) with a primary diagnosis of cancer: 29.2 million

Source: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2010 Summary Tables, table 13 [PDF - 382 KB]

Health care use: Assisted living and other residential care

  • Percent of residents with cancer: 10.7%

Source: 2010 NSRCF Data Dictionary: Resident Public-Use File [PDF - 369 KB]

Health care use: Hospital inpatient care

  • Number of discharges with cancer as first-listed diagnosis: 1.2 million
  • Average length of stay: 6.3 days

Source: National Hospital Discharge Survey: 2010 table, Average length of stay and days of care – Number and rate of discharges by first-listed diagnostic categories [PDF - 58 KB]

Health care use: Home health care

  • Number of current patients with cancer as primary diagnosis: 58,000 (2007)
  • Percent of current patients with cancer as primary diagnosis: 4.0% (2007)

Source: Home Health Care and Discharged Hospice Care Patients: United States, 2000 and 2007, table 3 [PDF - 430 KB]

Health care use: Hospice care

  • Number of hospice care discharges with cancer as primary diagnosis: 447,600 (2007)
  • Percent of hospice care discharges with cancer as primary diagnosis: 42.8% (2007)

Source: Home Health Care and Discharged Hospice Care Patients: United States, 2000 and 2007, table 7 [PDF - 430 KB].

Health care use: Nursing home care

  • Number of residents with cancer: 108,100
  • Percent of residents with cancer: 7.2%

Source: 2004 National Nursing Home Survey, Residents, table 33B [PDF - 719 KB]

Mortality

  • Number of deaths: 576,691
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 185.1
  • Cause of death rank: 2

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2011, tables 9, 10, 11 [PDF - 1.5 MB]

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