The number of cancer survivors in the United States continues to go up. A new report by the American Cancer Society – in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute – estimates there are more than 16.9 million cancer survivors alive in the US today, and that number will grow to more than 22.1 million by 2030. The authors define “survivor” as anyone who’s ever had cancer, from the time of diagnosis for the rest of their life, although they acknowledge that not everyone with a history of cancer uses this term.
The report, “Cancer Treatment and Survivorship Statistics, 2019,” was published June 11, 2019 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. A companion consumer edition, Cancer Treatment and Survivorship Facts & Figures, 2019-2021, was published at the same time.
The report says even though the rates of new cancer cases are decreasing in men and staying about the same in women, the number of survivors is growing. This is due partly to better treatments that help people with cancer live longer; improvements in early detection that allow doctors to find cancer earlier when it is often easier to treat; and a growing and aging population.
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