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Anal Cancer Incidence and Deaths Are Rising in the United States

, by DCEG Staff

Factoid describing: Between 2001 and 2015, anal cancer cases rose 2.7% each year and anal cancer deaths rose 3.1% each year.

Both the number of cases of anal cancer and deaths from the disease have been on the rise in the United States since 2001, according to a new study. The increases have been especially rapid in young African American men, as well as among all adults over the age of 50.

From 2001 to 2015, the overall incidence of anal cancer increased by 2.7% per year and mortality jumped by 3.1% each year, according to the study, published November 19 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Read the full NCI Cancer Currents blog post.



Deshmukh AA, et al. Recent trends in squamous cell carcinoma of the anus incidence and mortality in the United States, 2001-2015. J Natl Cancer Inst. November 19, 2019. DOI: 10.1093/jnci/djz219. [Epub ahead of print]

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