11 Facts About Cancer

  1. 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.
       
  2. 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.
       
  3. In 2012 there were approximately 13.7 million Americans with a history of cancer alive.
     
  4. 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.)
     
  5. 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.
       
  6. Approximately 580,350 Americans are expected to die of cancer in 2013. That’s almost 1,600 people a day.
     
  7. 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.)
     
  8. Excluding skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
     
  9. 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.)
       
  10. The most common cancers among men are: prostate, lung, and colorectal (colon) cancer. For women it’s: breast, lung, and colorectal cancer.
     
  11. 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