Texans with Cancer
In 2015, more than 1.6 million new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the United States; more than 113,000 of those will be in Texas.
- More than 38,000 Texans will die of cancer this year, second only to heart disease, the leading cause of death.
- In men, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer. Texas currently ranks third in the United States in estimated new cases and fourth in number of expected cancer deaths due to prostate cancer.
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Texas ranks second in the United States in estimated new cases and third in expected cancer deaths due to breast cancer.
- Lung cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in Texas for men and women and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths.
- Colon cancer ranks fourth in expected new cases and second in estimated cancer deaths for Texas men and women combined in 2015.
- The climate of Texas, combined with the number of Texans who regularly work and play outdoors, create a perfect climate for skin cancer. More than 2,400 cases of melanoma skin cancer will be diagnosed this year Basal cell and squamous are much more prevalent.
Successful cancer treatment is dependent on early detection and quality of care. Having access to evidence-based treatment services and selecting the right option for each individual patient is essential.