Cancer Survival Statistics

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Sunday was National Cancer Survivor’s Day. National Cancer Survivor’s Day is a day to honor those who have survived the deadly disease, while providing inspiration to those who are still fighting cancer. In honor of the celebration we wanted to highlight a few important stats about cancer survival rates in the United States and all over the globe:

  • According to the official website for National Cancer Survivor’s Day, there are around 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States.
  • Just last year over 1.6 million new cases of cancer was diagnosed in the United States.
  • There are around 14 million new cases of cancer throughout the world each year.
  • The cancer mortality rate is higher in men (207.9 per 100,000 men) than women (145.4 per 100,000).
  • We are improving our survival odds. According to the National Cancer Institute the number of cancer survivors was 14.5 million in 2014 and the number is expected to rise to around 19 million by 2024.
  • From 2004 to 2014 the cancer death rate in the United States fell by 13 percent.
  • 90 percent of breast cancer victims have a survival rate of at least five years. That’s up from 75 percent in 1975.
  • Brazil is second to the United States in breast cancer survival rates at 87 percent (tied with Finland and Israel). South Africa has the lowest breast cancer survival rate at just 53 percent, according to the American Cancer Society.
  • A Centers for Disease Control 2014 report shows death rates have decreased for most types of cancers between 2010 and 2014. Death rates decreased for 11 of 16 types of cancers in men and 13 of 18 in women.
  • Prostate cancer still boasts the highest five year survival rates at 99.3 percent.
  • National expenditures for cancer care in the United States totaled nearly $125 billion in 2010 and could reach $156 billion in 2020.
  • According to the World Health Organization, more than 60 percent of the world’s new cancer cases occur in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America; 70 percent of the world’s cancer deaths also occur in these regions.
  • Research from the United Kingdom found that cancer survival rates are three times higher if it is diagnosed in it’s early stages. 80 percent of patients in the UK with an early diagnosis survived at least 10 years.
  • Skin cancer is the fastest growing cancer across the globe. The World Health Organization reports more than 420 million people around the world are at high risk of getting melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer).
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