Each year, the National Cancer Institute at NIH (National Institute of Health) produces a report on the status of cancer in the United States.
- Overall cancer death rates continue to decrease in men, women, and children for all major racial and ethnic groups.
- Overall cancer incidence rates, or rates of new cancers, have decreased in men and remained stable in women.
- In adults ages 20 to 49, women have higher cancer incidence and mortality rates than men.
- This year’s Special Section focused on cancer trends among adults ages 20 to 49.
- For all age groups combined, incidence and death rates were higher among men than women, but among adults 20-49 years, incidence and death rates were lower among men than women.
- The most common cancers in this age group were:
- Breast, thyroid and melanoma of the skin for women, with breast cancer far exceeding any of the other cancers; and
- Colorectal, testicular and melanoma of the skin for men.
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