Founded in 1913 by docotors and laypeople, The American Cancer Society has been conducting research, raising money, and supporting cancer patients and their families for more than 100 years.

The people of the New York City-based non-profit have dedicated their lives to improving the lives of cancer patients and raising awareness. In order to assist them, they have compiled a staggering amount of data that is used for research. Below are two graphs that are made to visually explain to readers the reach and deadliness of cancer. These graphs shows it effects everybody; no matter age, gender, ethnicity, or race. As I continue this project, I hope to include more information and data on diets, treatments, and preventative measures for those fighting the disease.

The bar graph below shows the mortality rates of per 100,000 of the U.S. population by gender and race and ethnicity. The four cancers that are included are the deadliest.

Death Rates From Four Major Cancers by Gender, Race and Ethnicity


Focusing on age, the pie graph below illustrates the number of estimated new cancers in 2017 by age group and gender. This data was taken from every state and the District of Columbia from 1999-2013. This data also narrows it down to the four major cancers that have claimed lives in the U.S.

As one gets older, the chances of getting cancer increase. Taking preventative measures increases the chance of beating cancer. After seeing this, I hope men and women take the requisite preventative screenings and tests in order to become proactive and healthy.

Estimated Number of New Cases of Cancer by Age Group, 2017


Prevention can reduce the chances of you developing cancer. The physical, emotional, and financial burdens that come to an individual and their family can be avoided by taking steps to be healthier. There are many forms of cancer, and therefore, many ways one can get it. There are environmental, genetic, and lifestyle factors that have to be considered.

Scientists and researchers have found some ways to help prevent cancer: modifying diet physical exercise finding precancerous conditions early chemoprevention surgery

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The Cost

In terms of financial cost, families spend a fortune to fight the disease and be cancer-free. National expenditures reached almost $125 billion in 2010 and are predicted to get to $156 billion in 2020.

Sites like Cancer Care have compiled lists of assistance those facing cancer can turn to for both financial and emotional help. There exist government programs and private organizations that can help ease the fight.