Getting diagnosed with cancer is a terrifying ordeal for anyone to go through, but research and modern medicine means that you are more likely to be cured now than ever before. Many cancers are preventable by living a healthy lifestyle, and while some cancers are hereditary, if they are caught early, patients recover quickly and go on to live normal, active lives. We've put together a list of some important statistics and figures about cancer, based on information from the American Cancer Society. Smoking is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. It's estimated that this year approximately 190,500 of the projected 600,920 cancer deaths will be due to smoking. Discover 11 things about breast cancer women with the disease want you to know.