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When it comes to kidney cancer, statistics can help provide a better understanding of the disease and its impact. The American Cancer Society estimated that 38,890 men and women would be diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2006. Statistics also indicate that the overall five-year relative kidney cancer survival rate for 1995-2001 was 64.6 percent.

Kidney Cancer Statistics: 2006 Estimates

The American Cancer Society estimated that 38,890 men and women (24,650 men and 14,240 women) would be diagnosed with kidney cancer during 2006, and 12,660 men and women would die from the disease during the year.
For the purposes of this article, "kidney cancer" refers to renal cell carcinoma (also known as renal cell cancer), the most common type of kidney cancer.
(Click Wilms' Tumor or Transitional Cell Carcinoma (of the Ureter and Renal Pelvis) for information about other types of kidney cancer.)

Statistics on Age-at-Diagnosis Percentages

During 1998-2002, the median age at diagnosis for kidney cancer was 65. The percentages of people diagnosed with kidney cancer based on age were as follows:
  • 1.8 percent were diagnosed under age 20
  • 1.4 percent between 20 and 34
  • 6.3 percent between 35 and 44
  • 15.8 percent between 45 and 54
  • 22.8 percent between 55 and 64
  • 25.9 percent between 65 and 74
  • 20.2 percent between 75 and 84
  • 5.7 percent 85+ years of age.
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