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Fast Facts

Cancer is diagnosed in more than one million people each year in the U.S. It is the second leading cause of death, exceeded only by heart disease.

About 77% of all cancers are diagnosed at ages 55 and older.

Overall, cancer incidence rates are higher in men than women. African-American men have the highest incidence followed by white, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaskan Native men.

Presently, the risk of an American man developing cancer over his lifetime is one in two. Approximately one in three women in the United States will develop cancer.

It is estimated that 1.37 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2004, and more than 500,000 Americans will die from cancer this year.

Advances in prevention, treatment and detection over the past decade have reduced the risk of dying from cancer.

Cancer can't change who you are, but it can impact who you become.

Fact Sheets

Get the latest figures and trends on 10 cancer types, alcohol, nutrition, UV exposure, tobacco use, and occupational exposures.

For more information abut cancer and cancer statistics, download a copy of Cancer Facts and Figures from the American Cancer Society web site or call 1.800.ACS.2345 for a copy of the booklet.

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