Cancer Survivors: Facts and Figures

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The National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Survivorship recently issued the following data:

  • As of January 2014, it is estimated that there are 14.5 million cancer survivors in the United States. This represents over 4% of the population, according to a report published
  • The number of cancer survivors is projected to increase by 31%, to almost 19 million, by 2024, which represents an increase of more than 4 million survivors in 10 years.1 
  • Over the next decade, the number of people who have lived 5 years or more after their cancer diagnosis is projected to increase approximately 37%, to 11.9 million.2 
  • Further, 64% of survivors have survived 5 years or more after diagnosis; 41% have survived 10 years or more; and 15% have survived 20 years or more.1 
  • Overall, 60% of survivors are currently 65 years of age and older.1 
  • Among today’s survivors, the most common cancer sites represented include female breast (22%), prostate (21%), colon/rectum (9%), and gynecologic organs (7%).1 

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1. DeSantis C, et al: Cancer treatment and survivorship statistics, 2014. CA Cancer J Clin 64:252-271, 2014.

2. de Moor JS, et al: Cancer survivors in the United States. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 22:561-570, 2013.