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In 2014, it is estimated there will be 1,665,540 new cases of cancer in the United States, with about 585,720 expected to die. This is almost 1,600 people per day.¹

  • Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US, accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths.¹
  • About 3 out of 4 cancers are diagnosed in people 55 years of age or older.¹
  • In the US, men have slightly less than a 1 in 2 lifetime risk of developing cancer, with the risk for women being a little more than 1 in 3.¹
  • As of January 1, 2012, there were approximately 13.7 million Americans with a history of cancer still alive

Many of these cancers could be prevented through behavioral changes, use of protective vaccinations or antibiotic treatments.¹

Examples of this include:

Costs of Cancer

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that over all costs of cancer in 2009 were $216.6 billion.2

  • $86.6 billion for direct medical costs (total of all health expenditures).2
  • $130.0 billion for indirect mortality costs (cost of lost productivitity to premature death).2

The medical expenditures for cancer in 2020 are projected to reach at least $158 billion (as compared to $86.6 billion above), but could reach as high as $207 billion.  These dollar amounts do not include other types of costs, such as lost productivity, which add to the overall financial cancer burden.2

Cancer in Oklahoma
  (Click on "Cancer in Oklahoma" to see complete fact sheet.)


The top 10 cancers diagnosed in Oklahoma's men and women.



If you would like more information about current cancer projects, resources or services provided please contact Chronic Disease Service at 

405-271-4072 or 1-888-669-5934.

12014 American Cancer Society Facts and Figures, http://www.cancer.org/research/cancerfactsstatistics/cancerfactsfigures2014/, accessed July 2014..
2National Institutes of Health (NIH) News and Events, Cancer Costs projected to reach at least $158 billion in 2020, http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jan2011/nci-12.htm, accessed July 2014.


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