The 2011 edition of Cancer Facts & Figures provides the estimated numbers of new cancer cases and deaths in 2011 as well as cancer incidence, mortality, and survival statistics and information on cancer symptoms, risk factors, early detection, and treatment. About 1,596,670 new cancer cases were expected to be diagnosed in 2011, and in 2011 about 571,950 Americans were projected to die of cancer, more than 1,500 people a day. (Please note: The projected numbers of new cancer cases and deaths in 2011 should not be compared with previous years to track cancer trends because they are model-based and vary from year to year for reasons other than changes in cancer occurrence. Age-standardized incidence and death rates should be used to measure cancer trends.)
The topic of the special section of Cancer Facts & Figures 2011 is cancer disparities and premature cancer deaths. There has been remarkable progress in reducing cancer death rates in the United States. Between 1990 and 2007, overall cancer death rates decreased by about 22% in men and 14% in women, translating to the avoidance of 898,000 deaths from cancer. However, not all segments of the US population have benefitted equally from this progress—the gap in mortality rates between advantaged and disadvantaged segments of the US population has continued to widen. This special section attempts to quantify the number of premature cancer deaths that could be avoided or delayed if we were to eliminate disparities by educational attainment and race.
This supplemental data set provides additional statistics by state and age group, as well as lifetime probability of developing and dying from cancer for additional sites. This data can be used as a resource for cancer control planning, as well as to address questions from the media or constituents about new cancer diagnoses and deaths. Divisions are encouraged to share this information with staff and volunteers, and to use it with state and local officials, reporters, and other public health and advocacy groups in local communities.
The most requested tables and figures from Cancer Facts & Figures 2011 have been assembled in an electronic format (PDF) to make it easy for you to use them. Please note that all graphic material should credit the American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2011.
A presentation from the American Cancer Society reporting the estimated numbers of cancer cases and deaths in 2011 as well as current cancer incidence, mortality, and survival statistics and information on risk factors and early detection.