MONITORING CANCER ON A NATIONAL LEVEL is no easy feat. The rigors of gathering, compiling, checking and disseminating information mean that the most current reported incidence and mortality data typically lag two to four years behind the current year.
However, the American Cancer Society produces annual estimates, drawing from large pools of data collected from patients across the country to project the burden of cancer in the U.S. for each year. The incidence data used to inform the estimates below comes from three sources: the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Program of Cancer Registries, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries.
279,100 new cases of breast cancer
228,820 new cases of lung and bronchus cancer
191,930 new cases of prostate cancer
147,950 new cases of colorectal cancer
100,350 new cases of melanoma of the skin
85,720 new cases of lymphoma
81,400 new cases of bladder cancer
73,750 new cases of kidney and renal pelvis cancer
65,620 new cases of endometrial cancer
60,530 new cases of leukemia
57,600 new cases of pancreatic cancer
53,260 new cases of oral cavity and pharynx cancer
Sources: American Cancer Society, United States Census Bureau
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December 18, 2020