Cancer Deaths in the U.S.

January 14, 2015

The death of ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott has generated interest in cancer deaths in the U.S.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S.

The number of cancer deaths are available from the multiple cause of death option on the CDC WONDER database using the C00-C97 ICD  Code, “Malignant Neoplasms.”

Here are our latest national numbers on cancer deaths in the U.S. from 1999-2012:

Year          Deaths

1999       549,838

2000       553,091

2001       553,768

2002       557,271

2003       556,902

2004       553,888

2005       559,312

2006       559,888

2007       562,875

2008       565,469

2009       567,628

2010       574,743

2011       576,691

2012       582,623

Total      7,873,987

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Breast cancer deaths – A state-by-state basis

October 28, 2009

Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. It is the second most common cause of cancer death in white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women. However, in the United States, incidence of breast cancer has decreased significantly by 2.2% per year from 1999 to 2005 among women, and deaths from breast cancer have decreased significantly by 1.8% per year from 1998 to 2005 among women. However, age-adjusted death rates from breast cancer vary by state:

This map of the U.S. shows death rates for breast cancer by state.

For more trends and statistics by state, visit

For more breast cancer statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, visit