- Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells.
- There are over 100 types of cancer. And any part of the body can be affected.
- Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of cancer in the world causing 22% of cancer deaths.
- The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2013 174,100 cancer deaths will be caused by tobacco use.
- About a quarter to a third of new cancer cases in the US that are expected to occur in 2013 will be linked to obesity, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition.
- In 2012 there were approximately 13.7 million Americans with a history of cancer alive.
- Over 2 million skin cancers are diagnosed every year – many of those could be prevented by taking necessary precautions. (i.e. protecting skin from excessive sun exposure and avoiding indoor tanning.)
- Anyone can develop cancer, however, the risk of getting it increases with age. Most cases occur in middle-aged adults or older.
- About 77 percent of all cancers are diagnosed in people 55-years or older.
- Approximately 580,350 Americans are expected to die of cancer in 2013. That’s almost 1,600 people a day.
- Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S. It accounts for nearly 1 in 4 deaths. (Heart disease is number one.)
- Excluding skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
- Childhood cancers account for 1 percent of all new cancer diagnoses.
- In 2013, an estimated 11,630 childhood cancer cases are expected to occur among children 14 years and younger.
- Although uncommon, cancer is the second leading cause of death in children. (Accidents are the number one leading cause.)
- The most common cancers among men are: prostate, lung, and colorectal (colon) cancer. For women it’s: breast, lung, and colorectal cancer.
- Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women. And it’s the second leading cause of death among men and women combined.
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Sources: World Health Organization (WHO), American Cancer Society, CDC