Cancer Center Facts

SAMC Cancer Facts


  • SAMC has treated more than 1,500 cancer cases – more than any other hospital in the region.
  • Of the new cases treated, 692 were male and 576 were female.
  • Breast cancer was the most diagnosed cancer among women treated at SAMC with 242 cases.
  • Prostate cancer was the most diagnosed cancer among men treated at SAMC with 206 cases.
  • Lung Cancer was the second most diagnosed cancer treated at SAMC with a total of 224 cases diagnosed in men and women – 135 men/89 women.
  • We have two satellite locations – Marianna, FL and Enterprise.

Source: Southeast Cancer Center's 2014 Annual Report


General Cancer Statistics

  • It is estimated that about 1.5 million Americans were diagnosed with cancer in 2010.
  • In the United States, cancer is the second leading cause of death, responsible for 1 in 4 deaths.
  • One of every two men and one of every three women will get cancer in their lifetimes.
  • Overall cancer rates are higher for whites and blacks than for Asians/Pacific Islanders.
  • Approximately 5 percent of cancers are hereditary.
  • Lung cancer is the most common fatal cancer in men and women.
  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men of all races, followed by lung cancer and colorectal cancer.
  • Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women, regardless of race.
  • More than one million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer will be diagnosed this year.
  • About 77 percent of all cancers are diagnosed in patients age 55 or older.
  • For children ages 14 and younger, the most common cancers are leukemias. Today, more than 80 percent of children diagnosed with leukemia survive.
  • Fewer than 5 percent of adults diagnosed with cancer will participate in a clinical trial. Lung, breast, prostate and colon cancers have the highest number of clinical trials devoted to them -- more than 40 percent of all clinical trials.
  • More than 30 percent of cancer could be prevented. Tobacco use, alcohol use, poor diet and physical inactivity have been shown to provide increased risk in developing cancer.
  • The five year relative survival rate for female breast cancer patients has improved from 63 percent in the early 1960s to 90 percent today.
  • Nearly two-thirds of all cancer patients will receive radiation therapy during their illness.
  • About 11.1 million Americans are cancer survivors.

Sources: American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control, and National Institutes of Health, and World Health Organization

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