Adrenal 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 chance of being cured. 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 healthcare provider.

What are the statistics for adrenal cancer?

Here are some statistics about adrenal cancer:

  • Adrenal cancer is very rare. There are probably about 200 cases per year. But the actual number of cases is not known.

  • Adrenal adenomas are tumors that are not cancer (benign). They are found more often than cancerous adrenal tumors. Adrenal adenomas often have no symptoms. But they show up in about 10% of people who have a CT scan or MRI of the adrenal glands.

  • The average age of people who have adrenal cancer is about 46. But this cancer can occur at any age, even in children.

  • Adrenal cancer seems to happen slightly more often in women.

Source: American Cancer Society