Rare Cancer Incidence Statistics

Rare cancers account for about 20% of all cancer diagnoses, with some types having an incidence rate of less than 6 cases per 100,000 individuals per year.

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"Every year, about 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a rare cancer."

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"Rare cancers often have a higher mortality rate than common cancers, around 58%."

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"The 5-year overall survival rate is lower for patients with rare cancers, at about 47%."

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"Austria has the highest rate of new cases of rare cancers per population, closely followed by France and Switzerland."

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"Less than 5% of rare cancer patients participate in clinical trials."

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"Approximately 25% of all cancer cases in Europe are classified as rare."

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"Besides age, rare cancers role on being hereditary is about 16.8%"

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"Chordomas are extremely rare bone cancers, with incidence rates of less than one per million people per year."

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"The total mortality rate in Australia of all rare cancers combined is approximately 40%."

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"Young adults (15–39) are more likely to be diagnosed with rare cancer than with common cancer."

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"The incidence rate of rare cancers is increasing by 4.2% per year in India."

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"In Europe, Cancer of the small intestine is one of the rarest cancers with an incidence rate of around 0.3-2 cases per 1,00,000 people."

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"There are roughly 198 different types of rare cancers."

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"About 30% of rare cancers are diagnosed in people under 20 years old in the United States."

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"In Canada, rare cancers collectively account for 1 in 6 (16.8%) of all new cancer cases."

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