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The 2009 Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2006

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The 2009 Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2006

Every year the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries collaborate to provide updated information regarding cancer occurrence and trends in the United States. This year's report includes trends in colorectal cancer incidence and death rates and highlights the use of statistical modeling as a tool for interpreting past and future trends to assist in cancer control planning and policy decisions.

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Understanding the Report

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Dr. Brenda Edwards talks about the report and data collection behind the report.

Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2006
Annual Report shows rates of new diagnoses and rates of death from all cancers combined declined significantly in the most recent time period for men and women overall and for most racial and ethnic populations in the United States

Keeping Tabs on Cancer Rates
A publication of the NCI Office of Media Relations for health and science writers about how NCI's Surveillance Research Program collaborates with other agencies and partners for the annual report to the nation on the status of cancer.

Q & A
Questions and answers about the 2009 annual report to the nation, including the purpose of the report, data sources, and updates on trends in incidence and mortality rates for specific types of cancer.

Highlights from the 2009 Annual Report to the Nation

Overall cancer rates continue to be higher for men than for women, but men experienced the greatest declines in incidence (new cases) and mortality (death) rates. For colorectal cancer, the third most frequently diagnosed cancer in both men and women, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, overall rates are declining, but increasing incidence in men and women under 50 years of age is of concern, the report said.

Top 15 Cancer Sites for Men and Women
Cancer TypeMen:
New Cases
Men:
Deaths
Women:
New Cases
Women:
Deaths
Bladder__+0.2%+0.4%
Brain+0.5%-1.0%_-1.1%
Breast..-2.0%-1.9%
Cervix..-3.5%_
Colon/rectum-3.0%-3.9%-2.2%-3.4%
Esophagus+0.7%+0.4%..
Kidney+1.8%-1.5%+2.4%-0.6%
Leukemia+0.1%-0.8%+0.3%-1.6%
Liver+3.6%+2.4%.+1.8%
Lung-1.8%-2.0%+0.4%_
Melanoma+3.1%+2.0%+3.0%.
Myeloma+0.7%-1.1%.-2.4%
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma_-3.0%+1.1%-3.7%
Oral-1.2%-2.2%-0.9%.
Ovary..-2.1%-1.4%
Pancreas__+1.7%+0.1%
Prostate-2.4%-4.1%..
Stomach-2.0%-3.7%.-2.7%
Thyroid..+6.3%.
Uterus..-0.5%_
Trends data are based on the most recent trends in rates and variable time periods. The “—” symbol indicates neither a statistically significant rise nor fall in the rates during the time period studies. A period (".") indicates cancers that were not in the top 15 for that gender/category.

Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program
The SEER Program of the NCI is an authoritative source of information on cancer incidence and survival in the United States.

Partners in the Annual Report

In addition to NCI's SEER program, these agencies contributed to the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer.

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