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Cancer by the Numbers

Both humbling and motivating, these statistics underscore the importance of continuing to invest in cancer research, treatment and prevention.

North Carolina

  • Cancer is the leading cause of death in North Carolina
  • North Carolinians diagnosed with cancer each year: 53,200
  • North Carolinians diagnosed with cancer every day: 145
  • Estimated number of cancer deaths in North Carolina this year: 18,620
  • North Carolina’s rank among states in cancer deaths: 8


  • Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. accounting for 1 in every 4 deaths
  • Estimated new U.S. cancer diagnoses in 2013: 1.66 million
  • Americans living as cancer survivors: 13.7 million
  • Estimated overall cost of cancer in 2010: $263.8 billion


  • Cancer accounts for 1 out of every 8 deaths worldwide—more than HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis and malaria combined
  • Approximate number of people living with cancer: 20 million
  • Projected deaths from cancer in 2030: 13.1 million
  • More than 30% of cancer deaths can be prevented

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UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7295



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