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Cancer

Data are for the U.S.

Morbidity

  • Numbers of adults who have ever been diagnosed with cancer: 21.1 million
  • Percent of adults who have ever been diagnosed with cancer: 8.7%

Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2015, Table A-3 [PDF – 193 KB]

Physician office visits

  • Number of visits to physician offices with cancer as the primary diagnosis: 24.6 million

Source: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2015 State and National Summary Tables, table 16 [PDF – 692 KB]

Mortality

  • Number of deaths: 595,930
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 185.4
  • Cause of death rank: 2

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2015, tables B, 6, 7 [PDF – 2.7 MB]

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