Cancer Statistics

Incidence and Mortality Rates of Kidney, Breast, Prostate Cancers

When compared to breast and prostate cancer, kidney cancer has the highest mortality rate, despite having the lowest projected incidence. In the U.S. alone, roughly 25% of kidney cancer patients will lose their battle this year, as compared to 23% of breast cancer patients and 12% of prostate cancer patients. 

Mortality Ratios for Breast, Prostate, Melanoma & Kidney Cancers *2009 Stats from American Cancer Society

Breast 21%

Prostate 14% 

Melanoma 13% 

Kidney 23%  

All Cancers 38% 

Yet, kidney cancer receives approximately 1/17 of the amount of funding as breast cancer and only 1/10 the amount as prostate cancer.


Federal Funding for Breast,  Prostate, Melanoma and Kidney Cancers *2008 Stats from (National Cancer Institute)

Breast 572.6 million

Prostate 285.4 million

Melanoma 110.8 million

Kidney 43.4 million


Interesting Fact: 

While melanoma has a slightly higher incidence rate than kidney cancer (59,940 v. 51,190) and lower mortality rate (14% v. 25%), the National Cancer Institute provides over three times as much funding for melanoma research than it does for kidney cancer research ($97,199,000 v. $31,055,000).