I am Carol DeSantas, an epidemiologist in Surveillance Researech group at the American Cancer Society. We’ve just published the first ever
cancer treatment and survivorship facts and figures. It’s a collaboration among other members
of the research department as well as the National Cancer Institute.
In this publication, we provide the number estimated cancer
survivors living in the US. We also provide information on 11
selected cancer sites, common treatments, survival, and special
concerns for survivors of those sites. So we estimate that there are currently
13.7 million Americans living in the US with a history of cancer. We expect that number will grow to
nearly eighteen million over the next ten years. The reason for
the growing number of cancer survivors is primarily related to that growth and
aging at the US population. It also relates to the improved cancer
treatment and earlier detection which means that survivors are living
longer with the disease. Among male survivors the most common cancers are
prostate cancer nearly half a male survivors have prostate cancer
followed by colorectal and melanoma. Among female survivors nearly half a female survivors have
breast cancer followed by uterine cancer and
colorectal cancer. We found in the report that sixty-four
percent of cancer survivors were diagnosed five or more years ago and fifteen
percent were diagnosed more than twenty years ago. It is encouraging that the cancer survivor population is growing.
However, that presents challenges to the health care system and just to society in general.To meet the needs of the growing number
cancer survivors in the US.