Possible 19M Cancer Survivors in U.S. by 2024

Author: American Cancer Society
Published: 2014/06/02 - Updated: 2021/07/09
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Synopsis: The number of cancer survivors in the U.S. currently estimated to be 14.5 million will grow to almost 19 million by 2024. While lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women, a low survival rate makes it the number eight cancer site represented among survivors. In addition to prevalence estimates, the reports also include data on cancer treatment patterns, survival, and information on common short and long-term effects of cancer and its treatment for eleven selected cancers.

Main Digest

New Report Estimates Nearly 19 Million Cancer Survivors in the U.S. by 2024 - Growing, Aging Population & Increased Survival Driving Trend.

The second edition of Cancer Treatment & Survivorship Facts & Figures, 2014-2015 and an accompanying journal article published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians find that even though cancer incidence rates have been decreasing for ten years, the number of cancer survivors is growing. This is the result of increases in cancer diagnoses driven by the aging and growth of the population, as well as the fact that people are living longer with cancer because of earlier cancer detection and more effective treatments.

The three most common cancers among males living with a history of cancer in 2014 are:

Among women in 2014, the three most common cancers are:

While lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women, a low survival rate makes it the number eight cancer site represented among survivors. The distribution of prevalent cancers is expected to be largely unchanged in 2024.

Other selected findings:

In addition to prevalence estimates, the reports also include data on cancer treatment patterns, survival, and information on common short and long-term effects of cancer and its treatment for eleven selected cancers. Cancer Treatment and Survivorship Facts & Figures also contains sections on the effects of cancer and its treatment, impairment-driven cancer rehabilitation, palliative care, long term survivorship, the benefits of healthy behaviors, and resources for cancer survivors from the American Cancer Society and other organizations.

"The growing number of cancer survivors in the U.S. makes it increasingly important to understand the unique medical and psychosocial needs of survivors," said Carol DeSantis, MPH, American Cancer Society epidemiologist and lead author of the reports.

"Despite the fact that awareness of survivorship issues has increased, cancer survivors face numerous, important hurdles created by a fractured health care system, poor integration of survivorship care, and financial and other barriers to quality care, particularly among the medically underserved. An important first step in addressing these challenges is to identify 'best practices' for the delivery of quality post-treatment cancer care."

Article:

DeSantis, CE; Lin, CC; Mariotto, AB, et al. (2014), Cancer Treatment and Survivorship Statistics, 2014. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Published online ahead of print June 1, 2014. doi: 10.3322/caac.21235. For more information and resources, see www.cancer.org/survivors

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