Cancer – Incidence

  • Group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled and unregulated growth of cells
  • Occurs in people of all ages
    • Majority of cases are diagnosed in those over age 55
  • Both the incidence and mortality rate of cancer has been declining
    • Incidences of lung, colorectal, breast, and oral cancer have decreased
    • Other cancers have increased
    • Higher in men than women
    • Second most common cause of death in United States after heart disease
    • Leading cause of death in people 40-79 years of age
  • > 14.5 million Americans are alive today who have a history of cancer
    • Disease free
    • In remission
    • Under treatment


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