Health by the Numbers: Cancer
The incidence of cancer is growing worldwide. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) predicts more than 1.6 million new cases of cancer in the U.S. in 2012. In addition to cancer's physical and emotional toll, it causes a significant financial burden on patients and society. The collective cost of cancer medical costs was a staggering $124.57 billion in 2010. The NCI predicts these expenditures will reach $158 billion by 2020 (assuming 2010 dollars).
Here are some other cancer statistics:
- 100: Types of cancers.
- 10,400: Number of children diagnosed with cancer in 2007.
- 50: Percent of childhood cancers are leukemia and cancers of the brain and central nervous system.
- 90: Percent of lung cancer deaths in men due to smoking (80 percent for women).
- 226,870: Number of new cases of breast cancer in women in 2012 (2,190 men).
- 67: Percent of cancers linked to environmental factors, including tobacco use, alcohol abuse, food, exposure to radiation, infectious agents, and substances in the air, water, or soil.
- 7.6 million: Number of cancer deaths worldwide in 2008.
- 241,740: Number of new cases of prostate cancer in 2012.
- 103,170: Number of new cases of colon cancer in 2012, making it the fourth most common cancer in men and women.
- 13.8 million: Number of cancer survivors alive in 2010.
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National Cancer Institute. "What You Need to Know About Lung Cancer: Risk Factors." Web. 26 July 2007. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/lung/page4
National Cancer Institute. "What You Need to Know About Lung Cancer: Diagnosis." Web. 26 July 2007. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/lung/page7
National Cancer Institute. "Understanding Cancer Series." Web. 4 November 2010.
Centers for Disease Control. "United States Cancer Statistics (USCS)." Web. 3 January 2011.
GLOBOCAN 2008 CANCER FACT SHEET. "Lung Cancer Incidence and Mortality Worldwide in 2008 Summary." Web. http://globocan.iarc.fr/factsheets/cancers/lung.asp
GLOBOCAN 2008 CANCER FACT SHEET. "Breast Cancer Incidence and Mortality Worldwide in 2008 Summary." Web. http://globocan.iarc.fr/factsheets/cancers/breast.asp
National Cancer Institute. "Prostate cancer." Web. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/prostate
National Cancer Institute. "What You Need To Know About Cancer of the Colon and Rectum." Web. 26 May 2006. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/colon-and-rectal
National Cancer Institute. "Cancer Costs Projected to Reach at Least $158 Billion in 2020." Web. 12 January 2011. http://www.cancer.gov/newscenter/pressreleases/2011/CostCancer2020
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