20% Rise Seen in Number of Survivors of Cancer

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute, the number of cancer survivors have increased by about 20% in just six years. In 2001, there were 9.8 million, while in 2007, it increased up to 11.7 million. Compared to the past, this is a drastic change as it was only about 3 million in 1971.

According to the graph above, 65% of cancer survivors have lived at least 5 years, 40% have lived 10 years or more, and nearly 10% has lived 25 years or even more.

Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, have said that some of the factors that would have caused this increase in the number of cancer survivors may be the following, in which various by type. For some cases of breast cancer and colon cancer, the improved treatments and increased follow-up after these treatments have helped increase survival. Furthermore, generally, these cancer diagnoses are simply the consequences of the country’s aging population and improved care. This means that the people are living long enough to develop these cancers.

Dr. Frieden mentions that “having cancer may be the first stage, really, in the rest of your life” and that “we need to continue to scale up” the services available for cancer survivors.


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