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What percentage of people in the us are currently living with cancer or have had cancer @ some point in their life?

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In brief: Prevalence: 4%

Statistics are squirrely, though.
"prevalence" = # of living americans who who have had or now have cancer, about 12 million. "incidence" = # who get it in any one year: 0.6%, 1.64 million. Notice that these numbers are far below the risk of certain cancers. 11% of women will get breast ca for instance. For more great statistics on cancer, google "cancer facts & figures".

In brief: Prevalence: 4%

Statistics are squirrely, though.
"prevalence" = # of living americans who who have had or now have cancer, about 12 million. "incidence" = # who get it in any one year: 0.6%, 1.64 million. Notice that these numbers are far below the risk of certain cancers. 11% of women will get breast ca for instance. For more great statistics on cancer, google "cancer facts & figures".
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