Rare cancer

Rare cancer isn't rare, but effective treatment is

In 2017, 1.7 million people in the US were diagnosed with cancer. By the American Cancer Society's metrics, almost 30% of those diagnoses were classified as ‘rare’.
U.S. Cancer Cases Estimates 2017-2030

In the American Association of Cancer Research’s annual report, they anticipated that 1.7 million people in the U.S. would be diagnosed with cancer in 2017. They estimated that number would rise to 2.3 Million per year by 2030, an average increase of 46,000 patients per year.

Extrapolating from that rate of increase, in the lifetime of an average American born today, 270 million people will be diagnosed with cancer. And based on the average increase in the death rate, about 127 million Americans will die of cancer in an average American lifetime.


Rare isn't rare

Rare cancers include brain, cervical, esophageal, sarcomas, all types of pediatric cancers, and many others. Of 396 identified forms of cancer, at least 374 are RARE according to criteria published by the American Cancer Society.

Those 374 rare cancers account for 30% of all diagnoses.

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