National Cancer Institute NCI Cancer Bulletin: A Trusted Source for Cancer Research News
May 1, 2012 • Volume 9 / Number 9

Cancer.gov Update

NCI Report Features Cancer Statistics through 2009

The latest SEER Cancer Statistics Review (CSR), a report of the most recent statistics on cancer incidence, mortality, survival, prevalence, and lifetime risk was released on April 16. The report, from NCI’s Surveillance Research Program, includes statistics from 1975 through 2009, the most recent year for which data are available.

These data show a continued decline in the rate of cancer deaths. The four most commonly occurring cancers during this time period were prostate, breast, colorectal, and lung cancer, accounting for more than half of all cancers.

U.S. population data reflecting the 2010 Census were not available when this year’s CSR was published. The 2010 population data are expected in the summer of 2012, at which point NCI will update the rates and trends in the CSR.

There are three ways to access the statistics in the CSR:

  1. Browse the Tables and Figures: Statistics are presented in HTML format based on user selections.
  2. Access Contents in PDF: Statistics are provided in sections by cancer site and topical groupings.
  3. Generate Custom Reports: Individual pages can be extracted and grouped into custom-made PDFs.

2012 Update: SEER Cancer Statistics Review (1975-2009)

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Dr. Kathy Cronin discusses the SEER Cancer Statistics Review and current trends in cancer statistics.