Cancer statistics have a big impact on society, just as the disease itself does. They tell us how many people are suffering from cancer and the number of deaths from cancer at any given point in time.
One article from the National Cancer Society (1) looked at cancer statistics from the US. They found that, in this country, the number of new cases of cancer (also called the cancer incidence rate) is about 500 people per 100,000 of the population. The number of cancer deaths were about 200 cases per 100,000 of the population.
They also determined that the rate of cancer death is higher in men when compared to women. It seems to be the highest in African American men, while it is the lowest among Pacific Islander women. About 40 percent of people will be diagnosed with cancer at some time in their lives. About 16,000 children and adolescents will develop cancer and about 2000 will die from the disease each year.
Source: 1.Cancer statistics. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/understanding/statistics. Accessed 9/15/16.