Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Only heart disease kills more people. Roughly 600,000 Americans died from cancer in 2016—nearly 185 deaths for every 100,000 people.
Cancer is caused by the development of neoplasms (tumors) which divide uncontrollably, spreading to and destroying surrounding tissues. There are many kinds of cancer, and many risk factors associated with them—notably tobacco and alcohol use. This report shows mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s WONDER database.