Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer

Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer

Annual Report to the Nation

The Annual Report to the Nation is a collaborative endeavor by leaders in the cancer surveillance field. Each year representatives from the American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Cancer Institute, National Center for Health Statistics, NAACCR, and invited scientists analyze the latest cancer rates from NAACCR and other sources to report on the most recent cancer trends in the US. A special focus on a cancer of interest is selected annually for in-depth analysis. These reports are published in scientific journals.


We are pleased to announce the release of the latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer. The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer represents a collaborative effort from senior researchers at ACS, CDC, NAACCR, and NCI to produce current and comprehensive trends in cancer incidence and mortality. Our 22nd Report was led by CDC and is currently available as an on-line pre-publication copy.

The purpose of this report is to produce the most up-to-date and comprehensive trends in cancer incidence and mortality. Each year we also focus on a special topic. This year we produced two reports: Part 1 focuses on national statistics; Part 2 focuses on our national progress towards Healthy People 2020 objectives for four sites (lung, prostate, female breast and colorectal).

The Annual Report to the Nation is a collaborative endeavor by leaders in the cancer surveillance field. Each year representatives from the American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Cancer Institute, National Center for Health Statistics, NAACCR, and invited scientists analyze the latest cancer rates from NAACCR and other sources to report on the most recent cancer trends in the US. A special focus on a cancer of interest is selected annually for in-depth analysis. These reports are published in scientific journals.

The Current Report:

 Highlights from the reports:

  • Overall, cancer incidence rates decreased slightly for the most recent 5 years, by 0.6% on average per year, but the trends differed by sex with rates statistically stable among men and increasing slightly among women.
  • Cancer incidence rates among children (aged 0-14) increased by 0.8% on average per year for the most recent 5 years.
  • Cancer incidence rates among adolescents and young adults (aged 15-39) increased by 0.9% on average per year for the most recent 5 years.
  • The good news is that death rates for most cancers continue to decline. These declines indicate real and sustained progress in reducing the burden of cancer.
  • However, screening rates for female breast cancer are not meeting the Healthy People 2020 target for most demographic groups and utilization is declining for most groups.
  • While screening rates for colorectal cancer also do not meet the Healthy People 20202 target for most demographic groups, utilization is increasing across all groups.

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