Cancer by the Numbers

Breast Cancer   +

Worldwide...
  • 1.4 million new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in 2008.
  • 458,400 deaths from breast cancer occurred in 2008.
  • Most common cancer in women worldwide.
In the United States... 
  • 2.6 million American women are now breast cancer survivors.
  • 226,870 women are expected to be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2012.
  • 39,510 women are expected to die from breast cancer in 2012.
  • The lifetime chance of developing breast cancer is 1 in 8 (12%).
  • 2nd leading cause of death in women after lung cancer.
Research Pipeline: 434 new agents for breast cancer are in development in 2012.
Lung Cancer   +

Worldwide... 
  • 1.6 million new cases in 2008 (13% of total cancer diagnoses).
  • Number 1 cause of cancer deaths worldwide.
  • 951,000 deaths in men and 427,400 deaths in women in 2008.
In the United States...
  • 226,160 new cases (of both small cell and non-small cell) are expected in 2012.
  • 160,340 deaths are expected from lung cancer in 2012, more deaths than for any other cancer.
  • Lung cancer amounts for about 14% of all cancers.
  • New cases are decreasing by nearly 2% per year for men and 0.3% per year for women (2004-2008). 

Research Pipeline: 393 new agents for lung cancer are in development.

Prostate Cancer   +

Worldwide...
  • Second most frequently diagnosed cancer in men.
  • Sixth leading cause of cancer death in men worldwide.
  • 903,500 new cases in 2008.
  • 258,400 deaths in 2008.
In the United States...
  • Second leading cause of cancer death in men, only surpassed by lung cancer.
  • 241,740 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2012.
  • 28,170 deaths expected in 2012.
  • 2 million men diagnosed with prostate cancer are alive today.
  • Death rates are decreasing 3% per year (2004-2008).
  • 5-year survival rate is now close to 100%; 10-year survival rate is about 98%.
Research Pipeline: 349 new agents for prostate cancer are in development.
Lymphoma   +

Worldwide...
  • 355,900 new cases of NHL occurred in 2008.
  • More than 142,000 deaths due to NHL occurred in 2008.
In the United States...
  • In 2011, more than 662,000 Americans were living with lymphoma or in remission.
  • 79,190 new cases of NHL are expected in 2012; 9,060 new cases of Hodgkin lymphoma are expected in 2012.
  • 20,130 deaths due to lymphoma are expected in 2012; 18,940 deaths due to NHL; 1,190 deaths due to Hodgkin lymphoma.
  • Between 2004 and 2008, death rates for NHL fell 2.8% per year in men, 3.4% per year in women.

Research Pipeline: 165 new agents are in development for NHL.

Leukemia   +

Worldwide...
  • 257,500 deaths due to leukemia in 2008.
In the United States... 
  • 47,150 cases of some type of leukemia are expected in 2012.
  • 23,540 deaths due to leukemia are expected in 2012.
  • 91% of children with ALL survive longer than 5 years.
  • 274,930 Americans are in remission or living with leukemia (2011).
Research Pipeline: 287 new agents for various types of leukemia are in development.

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