Cancer Facts

  • The number of Americans who have had a cancer diagnosis is expected to rise to 19 million by 2025.

  • Based on data from 2013-2015, approximately 38.4% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes.

  • In 2017, an estimated 15,270 children ages 0-19 were diagnosed with cancer.

  • There are more than 100 types of cancer.

  • The most common cancers (listed in descending order according to estimated new cases in 2018) are breast cancer, lung and bronchus cancer, prostate cancer, colon and rectum cancer, melanoma of the skin, bladder cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, kidney and renal pelvis cancer, endometrial cancer, leukemia, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer and liver cancer.

  • Most cancers are categorized by stage. "Stage 0" cancer is called "in situ." This means abnormal cells have stayed with the originating cell layer. "Stage I" is localized and easiest to treat. "Stage IV" means abnormal cells have spread the farthest. This is the most difficult stage to treat.

  • There are an estimated 16 million cancer survivors in the United States. The number of survivors is expected to increase to 20.3 million by 2026.

Facts courtesy of the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program “Did You Know?” video series.

V Foundation Facts

  • The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, award-winning basketball coach and commentator.

  • The V Foundation awards 100% of direct donations to cancer research and programs. The V Foundation’s endowment covers administrative expenses.

  • The V Foundation supports cutting-edge research into all types of cancers occurring anywhere in the body and affecting adults or children.

  • The V Foundation awards competitive grants through a process vetted by a Scientific Advisory Committee. This committee is comprised of the nation’s top doctors and scientists.

  • The V Foundation has awarded more than $260 million, which has been used to fund cancer research grants nationwide

  • The V Foundation has awarded grants to more than 154 institutions in 40 states as well as 2 in Canada