The Number of Cancer Survivors is Expected to Increase in the Next 10 Years.
It's about time we got some good news! Currently there are over 13 million cancer survivors residing in the United States. And cancer survivor numbers are expected to increase to 18 million within 10 years, according to a new study. So why the dramatic increase in cancer survivor numbers?
Better treatment options and earlier diagnosis for some of the common cancers will increase the number of cancer survivors, according to the American Cancer Society and US National Cancer Institute. The report was published in the Journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
Cancer Survival Study
The study on cancer survivors is focusing on the amount of people who are still living and have had cancer in the past, following their transition from cancer treatment to recovery. People are surviving cancer more readily because the amount of people diagnosed with cancer is steadily rising, and those heightened numbers have increased the population of cancer survivors. And the encouraging part is that some of the most common cancers are being beat.
But when a person becomes a cancer survivor, life does not immediately become a bed of roses. Cancer survival affects a person's life to the end and survivors should never feel alone after they have received their last treatment. Cancer survivors may have psychological fears that the cancer will return. And there are support services available to help with those concerns and psychological issues.
Although the cancer rates are decreasing, the number of cancer survivors is becoming larger as the population grows and ages. Men are most likely to get prostate cancer (43%), melanoma (7%) or colon cancer (8%). And Women are most vulnerable to breast cancer (41%), colon cancer (8%) and uterine cancer (8%). The aforementioned percentages are expected to be roughly the same in 2022, according to the report.
Cancer Survivor Statistics
- The average age of cancer diagnosis is 66.
- Forty-five percent of people who beat cancer are 70 or older.
- A mere five percent of cancer survivors are below age 40.
- Sixty-four percent of cancer survivors found out they had cancer five or more years ago.
- Fifteen percent of survivors were diagnosed more than 20 years ago.
- Nearly 45 percent of cancer survivors are 70 years of age or older.
- As far as children, there are over 58,000 survivors of childhood cancer. Over 12,000 kids will be diagnosed with childhood cancers this year.