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Cancer Facts:

PEDIATRIC CANCERS

ADULT CANCERS

  • About 1,334,100 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2003. Duringthis same year, about 556,500 Americans are expected to die from their disease, more than 1,500 a day.
    Source: National Cancer Institute (www.cancer.gov) and American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2003


  • Breast – “Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women in the United States. The incidence of breast cancer has been rising for the past two decades, while mortality has remained relatively stable since the 1950s…One in eight women in the United States (approximately 12.8 percent) will develop breast cancer during her lifetime.”

  • Prostate – “Prostate cancer is the leading cancer diagnosed among men in the United States. Prostate cancer incidence has been increasing rapidly in recent years.”

  • Lung – “Cancer of the lung and bronchus is the second most common cancer among both men and women and is the leading cause of cancer death in both sexes.”

  • Colon/Rectum – “Cancers of the colon and rectum are the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancers and rank second among cancer deaths in the United States.”

  • “Regarding treatments already in use, the United States lacks a national data system for tracking those that reflect the best quality of care. Therefore, for most cancers (the National Cancer Institute) cannot yet illustrate with national data the extent to which cancer patients and their doctors are using the best treatments. This situation will begin to change in the near future.”

- Source: National Cancer Institute, Cancer.Gov


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