Cancer is among the leading causes of death worldwide.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cancer remains the second most common cause of death in the US, accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths

In 2017, there will be an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,920 cancer deaths in the US.
Estimated Number* of New Cancer Cases and Deaths by Sex, US, 2017

Cancer usually developes in older people. 87% of all the cancers in the United States are diagnosed in people 50 years of age or older.

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Certain habits also increase the risk such as smoking, unhealthy food practices or not being physically active.
Estimated Number* of New Cases for Selected Cancers by State, US, 2017

In the United States, the overall cancer death rate has declined since the early 1990s. The most recent SEER Cancer Statistics Review, updated in September 2016, shows that cancer death rates decreased by:

1.8% per year among men from 2004 to 2013
1.4% per year among women from 2004 to 2013
1.4% per year among children ages 0–19 from 2009 to 2013
Estimated numbers of new cancer cases for 2017

Although death rates for many individual cancer types have also declined, rates for a few cancers have stabilized or even increased.

In 2016, an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 595,690 people will die from the disease. ... The number of new cases of cancer (cancer incidence) is 454.8 per 100,000 men and women per year (based on 2008-2012 cases).
Leading sites of New Cancer Cases and Deaths- 2017

National expenditures for cancer care in the United States totaled nearly $125 billion in 2010 and could reach $156 billion in 2020.

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As the overall cancer death rate has declined, the number of cancer survivors has increased. These trends show that progress is being made against the disease, but much work remains. Although rates of smoking, a major cause of cancer, have declined, the U.S. population is aging, and cancer rates increase with age. Obesity, another risk factor for cancer, is also increasing.

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