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Kaposi Sarcoma: 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 healthcare provider.

What are the statistics for Kaposi sarcoma?

Here are some statistics about Kaposi sarcoma (KS):

  • About 6 out of every million people in the United States get KS each year.

  • In the U.S., KS occurs more often in men than in women, and rarely in children.

  • Most people in the U.S. who develop KS are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

  • Organ transplant recipients are also at higher risk for KS. About 1 out of 200 people who have transplants in the U.S. gets KS.

Source: American Cancer Society (ACS)

Online Medical Reviewer: Levin, Mark, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Alteri, Rick, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Cunningham, Louise, RN
Date Last Reviewed: 10/1/2016
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