Cancer Facts

Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells.

Did You Know?

• 14.5 million people in the U.S. have had a cancer diagnosis.

• The top 3 cancer sites in men are prostate, lung and colorectal. These three sites account for just over 50% of all cancers in men.

• The top 3 cancers in women are breast, lung, and colorectal. These three sites account for 50% of all cancers in women.

• Most cancers in humans are categorized by stage. “Stage 0” cancer is called “in situ” meaning abnormal cells have stayed with the originating cell layer. Stage I is localized and easiest to treat and Stage IV is distantly spread and most difficult to treat.

• By 2025, the number of Americans who have had a cancer diagnosis is expected to rise to 19 million.

• Lung cancer accounts for more deaths than any other cancer in both men and women.

• There are more than 100 types of cancer.

• Based on data from 2010-2012, approximately 39.6 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes.

V Foundation Facts

• The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary NC State University basketball coach and ESPN commentator.

• The V Foundation awards 100% of direct cash donations and pledges directly to cancer research. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses.

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

• The V Foundation has awarded more than $150 million, used to fund cancer research grants nationwide.

• The Foundation has awarded grants to more than 120 institutions in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

[Cancer facts courtesy of Seer Videos- Did you Know? Series and the National Cancer Institute]