Cancer

Data are for the U.S.

Morbidity
  • Numbers of adults who have ever been diagnosed with cancer: 23.2 million
  • Percent of adults who have ever been diagnosed with cancer: 9.4%

Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2017, Table A-3b, A-3c pdf icon[PDF – 137 KB]

Ambulatory care visits
  • Number of visits to physician offices with cancer as the primary diagnosis: 24.7 million

Source: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2016 National Summary Tables, table 15 pdf icon[PDF – 793 KB]

Long-term care services
  • Percent of adult day services center participants diagnosed with cancer: 5.8%

Source: 2016 NSLTCP Weighted Survey Estimates: Adult Day Services Center, Question 17d pdf icon[PDF – 466 KB]

  • Percent of residential care community residents diagnosed with cancer: 7.5%

Source: 2016 NSLTCP Weighted Survey Estimates: Residential Care Communities, Question 17d pdf icon[PDF – 410 KB]

Mortality
  • Number of deaths: 599,108
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 183.9
  • Cause of death rank: 2

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2017, tables B, 6, 7 pdf icon[PDF – 2 MB]

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Page last reviewed: May 3, 2017