Cancer by the Numbers

Over one million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Cancer occurs when abnormal cells begin multiplying out of control. There are over 100 different types of cancers. Exposure to tobacco use increases the risk of cancer.
  • Cancer accounts for nearly 1 out of every 4 deaths in the United States.1
  • Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, with approximately 1.6 million new diagnoses and over 585,000 deaths each year.1
  • Every day 1,620 people in the United States will die of cancer.1
  • The direct medical cost for cancer in the U.S. was $88.7 billion in 2011.1
  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women, with tobacco use accounting for 87% of lung cancer in men and 70% in women.1
  • Smoking accounts for at least 30% of all cancers and increases the risk of the following cancers: lung, esophageal, laryngeal, oral cavity and pharyngeal, stomach, pancreatic, kidney, bladder, cervical and some leukemias.2


  1. American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2015. 2015. Retrieved from
  2. American Cancer Society. Tobacco-Related Cancers Fact Sheet. 2014. Retrieved from