Total number of cancer cases = 585 720
Total number of cancer deaths = 1 665 540
This data table lists the most common types of cancer in the United States, and includes information on the known or likely carcinogens, estimated cases per year, and estimated deaths per year in 2014.
Cancer in the United States (Ranked by number of cases)
Known or Likely Carcinogens or Factors
Estimated cases (2014)
Estimated deaths (2014)
Estrogen; possibly dietary fat
Testosterone; possibly dietary fat
Colon and rectum
High dietary fat; low dietary fiber
Viruses (for some types)
X-rays; benzene; viruses (for some types)
Alcohol; hepatitis viruses
Brain and nerve
Table salt; cigarette smoke
Large number of ovulation cycles
Viruses; cigarette smoke
All other Types
Use the data table and your knowledge of cancer to identify which statements are true.
Select all that apply.
A. The combined survivability of all types of cancer is about 65%.
B. Cancer of the cervix is the most survivable type of cancer.
C. Cancers with higher numbers of cases will have higher deadliness percentages.
D. Lung cancer is more deadly than cancer of the pancreas.
E. Reducing risk factors might decrease the number of cancer cases, but would be unlikely to decrease the cancer deadliness percentages.
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