What Are Kidney Cancer Statistics?


The American Cancer Society estimates 63,920 new cases of kidney cancer will occur in the United States and approximately 13,860 people will die from this disease in 2014. The lifetime risk of developing kidney cancer is 1 in 63, or 1.6 percent. The National Cancer Institute says 72.4 percent of kidney cancer patients survive five years as of statistics from 2004 to 2010.

New cases of kidney cancer in 2014 account for roughly 3.8 percent of all new cancer cases in the United States,according to the NCI, and deaths from kidney cancer are 2.4 percent of all cancer deaths for 2014. In 2011, an estimated 358,603 Americans were living with the disease.

Five-year survival statistics depend on the stage of kidney cancer, according to the ACS. Localized cancer, where kidney cancer remains in the renal organs, has a 91.8 percent survival rate over five years. When the cancer becomes regional, or goes to another nearby part of the body, 64.6 percent of patients survive five years. Kidney cancer that spreads to distant parts of the body has a 12.1 percent survival rate for five years.

The number of deaths per 100,000 people due to kidney cancer has remained relatively constant from 1975 to 2011. The number of new cases per year per 100,000 people has more than doubled over the same span, according to the ACS.