SAMC Cancer Facts
- SAMC treated 1,085 cancer cases – more than any other hospital in the region.
- We have two satellite locations – Marianna, FL and Enterprise.
- Of the 1,085 cases, 604 were male and 481 were female.
- Breast cancer was the most diagnosed cancer among women treated at SAMC with 214 cases.
- Prostate cancer was the most diagnosed cancer among men treated at SAMC with 185 cases.
- Lung Cancer was second most diagnosed cancer treated at SAMC with a total of 174 cases diagnosed in men and women – 103 men/71 women.
Source: Southeast Cancer Center's 2010 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 aged 55 or older.
- For children aged 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