To help understand and prevent cancer in Americans, CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) supports the collection of information on all new cancer cases and deaths and produces US Cancer Statistics annually. These data inform activities to promote cancer-healthy communities, catch cancer early, increase survival, and achieve health equity.
NPCR and US Cancer Statistics data highlight:
Every year there are over 1.7 million cancer diagnoses and nearly 600,000 cancer deaths. These numbers help track our progress, like fewer young women getting cervical cancer since the HPV vaccine became available. Cancer data also show which communities can benefit from awareness, cancer prevention and improvements in care. For example, American Indian and Alaska Native people have much higher rates of lung, colorectal, liver, stomach, and kidney cancers, compared to non-Hispanic White people in the United States.