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An Update on Cancer Deaths in the United States


Cancer was the second leading cause of death, after heart disease, in the United States in 2019. In 2019, there were 599,601 cancer deaths; 283,725 were among females and 315,876 among males.

Is cancer increasing or decreasing?
From 1999 to 2019, cancer death rates went down 27%, from 200.8 to 146.2 deaths per 100,000 population. Healthy People 2030 set a target of 122.7 cancer deathsexternal icon per 100,00 population. Cancer death rates went down more among males (31%) than among females (25%) but were still higher among males (172.9 deaths per 100,000 population) than females (126.2 deaths per 100,000 population).

Publication Year: 
2021-01-01 00:00:00
Resource(s) on...: 
Cancer - General
CCCNP - General
Surveillance and data dissemination
Publishing Organization(s): 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Publisher Location(s): 
Georgia (GA)
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