How many people die from cancer each year?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Trend Expected to Continue Despite Increasing Size and Age of U.S. Population
The number of cancer deaths in the United States has declined for the first time in more than 70 years—the first time since the government starting keeping statistics in 1930—according to an American Cancer Society analysis of government health data.
There were 369 fewer cancer deaths in 2003 (556,902 deaths) than in 2002 (557,271 deaths), the latest years for which statistics are available. Although the decline may seem small compared to the total number of cancer deaths, the American Cancer Society expects the downward trend to continue and is projecting a much larger decrease in 2006.
The number of cancer deaths among women actually rose by 409 in 2003, but that increase was countered by a decline of 778 cancer deaths among men, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
Cancer Still Deadly, but Rates Are Improving
Cancer is still a deadly disease, causing 1 in every 4 deaths in the United States, second only to heart disease. But the rate of cancer deaths has been dropping by about 1 percent annually since 1991, because earlier detection and better treatment are helping more people survive cancer.
When the government first began keeping records in 1930, cancer accounted for 114,186 deaths and the U.S. population was roughly 123 million, less than half of the 290 million people who live in the United States today.
Back then, a cancer diagnosis was almost always a death sentence. There were few treatment options—just surgery and high doses of radiation—and they weren’t very effective. The first chemotherapy drugs weren’t developed until after World War II, and the first successful use of drugs to fight cancer didn’t occur until the mid-1950s. The first real breakthrough in widespread prevention was the U.S. Surgeon General’s report on smoking in 1964, but it was another 20 years before the message about the health hazards of tobacco really started to reduce smoking rates.
- 1 decade ago
Hard to say how many as there are alot of people with different types of Cancer...I had a cousin die from lung cancer two uncles one brain cancer and the other one throat cancer...I think that everyone has some sort of Cancer DNA Cell in them...found out I did....hope this helps