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  • Updated: 02/07/2014

Understanding the National Burden of Cancer

Understanding Cancer Statistics iconIn 2013, an estimated 1,660,290 Americans were diagnosed with cancer, and 580,350 were projected to die from the disease.  Cancer exacts an enormous economic, emotional, and physical cost on families and society.

Though the full impact of cancer is impossible to quantify, many sources of statistics are available on cancer incidence, mortality, and prevalence rates, as well as the economic cost of the disease. This section provides links to reliable data and resources to help make the information more understandable.

Cancer Statistics
View information about statistical definitions, resources, and tools, and links to statistics for each major cancer type.

The Cost of Cancer
View information about the cost of cancer care and links to more information.

Cancer Site Snapshots
Brief reports detailing key information on disease incidence and mortality, NCI funding trends, relevant research activities, and recent scientific advances for several major cancer types.