Cancer Facts

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

  • The top three cancers 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 account for 50% of all cancers in women.

  • 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.

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

  • 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% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes.

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 cash donations and pledges directly to cancer research. Thanks to generous donors, we have an endowment that covers administrative expenses that would normally be covered by donations.

  • 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 $170 million, which has been used to fund cancer research grants nationwide

  • The V Foundation has awarded grants to more than 135 institutions in 38 states and the District of Columbia.