The American Cancer Society projects the numbers of new cancer cases and deaths expected each year in order to estimate the contemporary cancer burden because cancer incidence and mortality data lag 2 to 4 years behind the current year.
The regularly updated Facts & Figures publications present the most current trends in cancer occurrence and survival, as well as information on symptoms, prevention, early detection and treatment.
ACS has published Cancer Facts & Figures annually since 1951. This annual report provides the most current information about cancer. A unique feature of these publications is their projections of the number of cancer cases and deaths expected in each state and in the nation in the current year. These widely cited projections serve as a basis for research and are also readily understood by the public. Each edition of Cancer Facts & Figures includes a Special Section of in-depth focus on a specific cancer, group of cancers, or population.
In the United States, colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women. However, CRC is also one of the most preventable common cancers. This publication provides information about colorectal cancer, including statistics on cancer occurrence, as well as information about risk factors, prevention, early detection, and treatment.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among US women and is the second leading cause of death among women after lung cancer. This publication provides statistics about the occurrence of breast cancer, as well as information about risk factors, prevention, early detection, and treatment.
The Hispanic/Latino population is the second largest racial/ethnic group in the United States. This publication provides estimated numbers of new cancer cases and deaths for Hispanic/Latino people, as well as the most recent statistics on cancer occurrence and information on cancer risk factors (e.g., tobacco use, obesity, and alcohol consumption) and the use of cancer screening tests. (Spanish edition is now available.)
African American/Black people have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial/ethnic group in the US for most cancers. This publication provides the estimated numbers of new cancer cases and deaths for African American/Black people, as well as the most recent statistics on cancer occurrence; risk factors (e.g., tobacco use, obesity, and physical inactivity); and the use of cancer screening tests.
In the United States, 45% of the 609,820 cancer deaths estimated to occur in 2023 are expected to be attributable to risk factors that are potentially modifiable with lifestyle changes, such as cigarette smoking, secondhand smoke exposure, excess body weight, alcohol intake, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, ultraviolet radiation exposure, and cancer-associated infections. Cancer screening tests can further also help prevent thousands of additional cancer cases and deaths.
This publication provides the latest information and statistics on major cancer prevention and early detection behaviors, as well as social, economic, and public policy factors that profoundly influence individual behaviors.
The number of Americans with a history of cancer is growing due to the aging and growth of the population, as well as improving survival rates. This comprehensive survivorship report, a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute, provides current and projected cancer prevalence estimates for the United States, as well as data from the National Cancer Data Base on treatment patterns and information on the common effects of cancer and its treatment.
This publication, now in its fourth edition, provides an overview of the international cancer burden, including the estimated numbers of new cancer cases and deaths worldwide and by level of human development index, as well as detailed information on select cancer sites.
The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Statistics Center provides detailed statistics including:
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The Cancer Atlas, created by The American Cancer Society, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the Union for International Cancer Control, is a one-stop shop for all of the best global cancer data available and offers in-depth insights into the cancer burden, major risk factors, and ways leaders worldwide can take action.