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Cancer Prevalence and Relative Risk

According to the 2014 Basic Cancer Facts of the American Cancer Society1:
  • Over 1.6 million new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2014, not including skin cancer:
    • Approximately 3 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in 2014
    • Prevention and early detection are the keys to long-term survival
  • Lifetime risk of developing cancer varies by gender:
    • Males - 1 in 2 lifetime risk of developing cancer
    • Females - 1 in 3 lifetime risk of developing cancer
  • Cancer is the second leading cause of death behind heart disease in the United States:
    • Approximately 585,000 Americans will die of cancer and cancer related causes in 2014
    • Approximately 1 in 4 deaths is attributed to cancer