Trends at a Glance

Last Updated: 

The Trends-at-a-Glance offers an overview of trend direction measure by measure. Trends noted as stable or NSC (non-significant change) are not changing significantly. The difference between "stable" and "NSC" is based on statistical computations described in the Methodology for Characterizing Trends appendix.

The table below provides a snapshot of recent national trends (as characterized by the Average Annual Percent Change (AAPC)) for measures included in this report. A light green background indicates that the recent trend is moving in the desired direction. A light red background indicates that the recent trend is not moving in the desired direction. There is no background color for trends that are stable or show a non-significant change in direction. The column labeled “Recent trend time period” shows the dates associated with each trend. These dates depend upon the recency of available data.

Click on any Trend in the "Recent Trend" column to read more about the measure. For a more complete summary of the measures, including their progress compared with the Healthy People 2020 target (where one exists), see the Summary Tables by topic.

Legend:
green green - headed in the right direction
red red - headed in the wrong direction
purple purple - indeterminate
Cancer Trends Progress Report - Trends at a Glance
Measure Desired Direction Recent Trend Recent Trend Time Period
1  The desired direction of the recent trend is difficult to interpret due to outside factors which may be driving its direction (e.g., early detection driving breast cancer incidence rates upward temporarily, screening rates for older tests such as home FOBT going down as they are replaced by newer technologies such as colonoscopy).
Prevention
Tobacco Use Initiation (Ages 12-17)
All tobacco products Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2009-2013
Cigarettes Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2009-2013
Smokeless tobacco Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2009-2013
Cigars Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2009-2013
Youth Tobacco Use
Cigarettes, Cigars and Smokeless Tobacco Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2011-2015
Cigarettes Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2011-2015
Smokeless tobacco Falling Stable 2011-2015
Cigars Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2011-2015
Adult Tobacco Use
Cigarettes Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2011-2015
Smokeless Tobacco Falling Stable 2010-2015
Cigars Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2010-2015
Quitting Smoking
Attempted to quit smoking Rising RisingTrend is headed in the right direction 2011-2015
Successfully quit smoking Rising RisingTrend is headed in the right direction 2011-2015
Clinicians' Advice to Quit Smoking
Physicians' advice to quit smoking Rising Stable 2006-2011
Dentists' advice to quit smoking Rising FallingTrend is headed in the wrong direction 2006-2011
Medicaid Coverage of Tobacco Dependency Treatments Rising RisingTrend is headed in the right direction 2006-2010
Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
Fruit and Vegetables Rising Non-Significant Change 2007-2012
Fruit Rising Stable 2007-2012
Vegetables Rising Stable 2007-2012
Red Meat Consumption Falling Stable 2007-2012
Fat Consumption
(Saturated fat)
Falling Stable 2007-2012
Alcohol Consumption Falling RisingTrend is headed in the wrong direction 2010-2014
Physical Activity
No physical activity in leisure time Falling Non-Significant Change 2011-2015
Meet physical activity guidelines Rising Non-Significant Change 2011-2015
Weight
Healthy Weight Rising FallingTrend is headed in the wrong direction 2009-2014
Overweight Falling Stable 2009-2014
Obese Falling RisingTrend is headed in the wrong direction 2009-2014
Sun-Protective Behavior
Use sun protective measures Rising Stable 2010-2015
Use sunscreen (SPF 15+) Rising RisingTrend is headed in the right direction 2010-2015
Wear protective clothing Rising FallingTrend is headed in the wrong direction 2010-2015
Seek shade Rising RisingTrend is headed in the right direction 2010-2015
Indoor Tanning
Adolescents Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2011-2015
Adults Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2010-2015
Sunburn Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2010-2015
Secondhand Smoke Exposure Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2007-2012
Smoke-free Home Rules Rising Non-Significant Change 2006-2011
Smoke-free Workplace Rules and Laws
Smoke-free workplace Rising RisingTrend is headed in the right direction 2006-2011
Indoor air laws for workplaces Rising RisingTrend is headed in the right direction 2011-2015
Indoor air laws for restaurants Rising Non-Significant Change 2011-2015
Indoor air laws for bars Rising Non-Significant Change 2011-2015
Tobacco Company Marketing Expenditures
Cigarettes Falling Non-Significant Change 2009-2013
Smokeless tobacco Falling Non-Significant Change 2009-2013
HPV Immunization (Have received 3+ doses of vaccination)
Females, Ages 13-15 Rising RisingTrend is headed in the right direction 2011-2015
Males, Ages 13-15 Rising RisingTrend is headed in the right direction 2012-2015
Arsenic Exposure Falling Non-Significant Change 2007-2012
Benzene Exposure Falling Non-Significant Change 2001-2006
Cadmium Exposure Falling Non-Significant Change 2007-2012
Nitrate Exposure Falling Non-Significant Change 2007-2012
Radon Rising RisingTrend is headed in the right direction 2009-2013
Early Detection
Breast Cancer Screening Rising Stable 2010-2015
Cervical Cancer Screening Rising FallingTrend is headed in the wrong direction 2010-2015
Colorectal Cancer Screening
Guideline screening Rising Non-Significant Change 2010-2015
Home FOBT Indeterminate1 FallingTrend cannot be classified as heading in the right or wrong direction 2010-2015
Sigmoidoscopy/colonoscopy Rising Non-Significant Change 2010-2015
Diagnosis
Incidence
All cancer sites combined Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2009-2013
Colon and rectum Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2009-2013
Lung and bronchus Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2009-2013
Female breast Indeterminate1 RisingTrend cannot be classified as heading in the right or wrong direction 2009-2013
Prostate Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2009-2013
Cervix uteri Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2009-2013
Stage at Diagnosis
Late stage breast cancer Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2009-2013
Late stage lung cancer Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2009-2013
Distant stage colon cancer Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2009-2013
Distant stage rectum cancer Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2009-2013
Distant stage cervix cancer Falling RisingTrend is headed in the wrong direction 2009-2013
Distant stage prostate cancer Falling Non-Significant Change 2009-2013
Treatment
Bladder Cancer Treatment
(Intravesical therapy for disease Ta G1-2)
Rising Non-Significant Change 2003-2009
Breast Cancer Treatment
(Breast conserving surgery with radiation)
Indeterminate1 Stable 2009-2013
Colorectal Cancer Treatment
(Guideline therapy)
Rising RisingTrend is headed in the right direction 2005-2010
Kidney Cancer Treatment
(Partial nephrectomy)
Rising RisingTrend is headed in the right direction 2009-2013
Lung Cancer Treatment
(Chemotherapy)
Rising Stable 2005-2010
Ovarian Cancer Treatment
(Chemotherapy)
Stage I/II Diagnoses Rising RisingTrend is headed in the right direction 2002-2011
Stage III/IV Diagnoses Rising RisingTrend is headed in the right direction 2002-2011
Prostate Cancer Treatment
(Hormonal therapy)
Indeterminate1 FallingTrend cannot be classified as heading in the right or wrong direction 2002-2008
Life After Cancer
Survival
All cancer sites combined Rising RisingTrend is headed in the right direction 2004-2008
Colon and rectum Rising Stable 2004-2008
Lung and bronchus Rising RisingTrend is headed in the right direction 2004-2008
Female breast Rising RisingTrend is headed in the right direction 2004-2008
Prostate Rising Stable 2004-2008
Cancer Survivors and Smoking Falling Non-Significant Change 2011-2015
Cancer Survivors and Physical Activity Falling Non-Significant Change 2011-2015
Cancer Survivors and Obesity Falling RisingTrend is headed in the wrong direction 2011-2015
End of Life
Mortality
All cancer sites combined Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2009-2013
Colon and rectum Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2009-2013
Lung and bronchus Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2009-2013
Female breast Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2009-2013
Prostate Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2009-2013
Cervix uteri Falling FallingTrend is headed in the right direction 2009-2013
Oral cavity and pharynx Falling Stable 2009-2013
Melanoma of the skin Falling Stable 2009-2013