Here are some quick facts on cancer and radiation
- In 2018, an estimated 1,735,350 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 609,640 people will die from the disease.
- The number of cancer deaths is 163.5 per 100,000 men and women per year
- Death from cancer is higher among men than women
- In 2016, there were an estimated 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States. The number of cancer survivors is expected to increase to 20.3 million by 2026.
- In the United States, the overall cancer death rate has declined since the early 1990s.
- It is estimated that there were more than 3.5 million women living in the US with a history of invasive breast cancer as of January 1, 2016, and an additional 246,660 women will be newly diagnosed in 2018.
- About 19% of breast cancers occur among women younger than age 50, and 44% occur in those older than 65.
- The three most common cancers among adolescents ages 15-19 are: