Thymus Cancer: Statistics

What are statistics?

Some people use numbers called statistics to figure out their chances of getting cancer. Or they use them to try to figure out their chances of dying from cancer. Because no two people are alike, statistics can’t be used to predict what will happen to one person. The statistics below describe large groups of people. They do not take into account a person's own risk factors, such as family history, behaviors, or cancer screenings. If you have questions, talk with your health care provider.

What are the statistics for thymus cancer?

Here are some statistics about thymus cancer:

  • Thymus tumors are rare. There are only 1.5 cases for every million people each year in the U.S. The exact number diagnosed each year is not known. But it’s likely about 400 cases.

  • Tumors of the thymus are more common in older people than in children and young adults. They are most common in people in their 70s.