How many people have cancer in the United States?
According to estimates prepared by the National Cancer Institute, as of
early 2004, there were 10,800,000 people in America who either have cancer
currently or have had it at some point in the past. That's how many people
have cancer in the United States. It's a shockingly high number.
During 2008, it is estimated that over 1,437,000 new cases of cancer were
diagnosed in the country. This number excludes noninvasive cancers except
those affecting the urinary bladder. It also excludes all basal and
squamous cell skin cancers. These skin cancers account for an additional 1
million cases of the disease.
On average about 1500 people die of cancer every day in the United States.
That's about 565,650 deaths during 2008. To put it another way, one out of
every four deaths in the US are from cancer. Only heart disease has a
higher death rate.
Out of the 1,437,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed during 2008, about
745,000 affected men and 692,000 affected women. Of the 565,650 deaths
from cancer in the same period, about 294,000 were men and the rest were
Cancers affecting the oral cavity and pharynx accounted for about 35,000
new cases in 2008. Digestive system cancers such as those affecting the
colon, rectum, pancreas, stomach, esophagus, liver, etc accounted for
271,000 new cases and about 135,000 deaths.
Respiratory system cancers -- mainly lung cancer -- were present in
232,270 new cases and caused 166,280 deaths. Genital system cancers such
as those affecting the vulva, penis, vagina, prostate, testicles, uterine
cervix, etc were diagnosed in 274,000 new cases. These cancers accounted
for 57,000 deaths.
Breast cancer is another major killer -- over 40,000 women succumbed to
the disease during the year. More than 182,000 females were diagnosed with
the condition in 2008.
Urinary system cancers killed 27,000 people during the year and were
diagnosed in 125,000 new cases.
With the increasing toxicity in the environment -- in drinking water,
food, etc -- cancer has been on the rise in recent decades. It is feared
that the answer to "how many people have cancer in the United States" will
prove to be an ever-increasing number unless drastic changes are brought