What Are the Most Common Cancers in Each Age Group? [Infographic]

May 24, 2017

As we age, the overall risk of cancer increases. However, the type of cancer for which we are at risk varies.

For example, the likelihood of someone younger than 20 years old developing cancer is quite low; only 0.19 cases will be diagnosed per 1,000 children annually. If they do develop cancer, however, they are more likely to be diagnosed with cancers of the blood or brain and central nervous system. By contrast, approximately 16.5 cases will be diagnosed per 1,000 people age 50 and older, but the most prevalent cancers in that age group are breast, prostate, colon and lung.

The infographic below shows which cancers affect which age groups the most:

infographic, cancers and age groups