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What are some statistics on cancer?

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The American Cancer Society expects an estimated 1,658,370 new cancer diagnoses and 589,430 deaths from cancer in 2015, according to its website, Cancer.org. For all types of cancers, the relative five-year survival rate is 68 percent, which is up markedly from its level of 49 percent in 1975 through 1977.

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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, as of 2015, notes the American Cancer Society, followed by prostate cancer for men and breast cancer for women. The third and fourth leading causes of cancer death in both men and women are colon/rectal and pancreas cancers. Cancer of the liver in men and cancer of the ovary in women are the fifth leading causes.

The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts & Figures 2015 is available in downloadable PDF format on its website and includes numerous facts and figures about the disease.

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