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).