Almost 15,000 kidney cancer deaths expected in 2018

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More than 65,000 new cases of kidney cancer and almost 15,000 deaths are expected in 2018 in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

The numbers of both should be about twice as high for males as for females this year, with predictions for new cases coming in at 42,680 (males) and 22,660 (females) and deaths expected to total 10,010 for males and 4,960 for females, Rebecca L. Siegel, MPH, and her associates at the ACS reported in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. That works out to 65,340 total cases and 14,970 deaths for the year.

Kidney cancer is expected to be the sixth most common cancer among males in 2018, representing just under 5% of all new cancer cases for that demographic, and the 10th most common among females, with about 2.6% of new cases, the ACS investigators said based on models and projections using data for 2000-2014 from 48 states and the District of Columbia (Kansas and Minnesota were unavailable).

Deaths from kidney cancer are expected to represent 2.6% of all cancer deaths in men and 1.7% in women. These estimates are based on joinpoint-generated annual percent change in cancer deaths from 2001 through 2015.