NCI report: Number of US cancer survivors increases to 11.7 million during 2007

February 10, 2016

Of the 11.7 million people living with cancer in 2007, 7 million were ages 65 years or older.Women make up a large proportion of cancer survivors (54 percent).Breast cancer survivors are the largest group of cancer survivors (22 percent), followed by prostate cancer survivors (19 percent) and colorectal cancer survivors (10 percent).Among all survivors, 4.7 million received their diagnosis 10 or more years earlier.

"As the number of cancer survivors continues to increase, it is important for medical and public health professionals to be knowledgeable of issues survivors may face, especially the long-term effects of treatment on their physical and psychosocial well-being," said Arica White, Ph.D., M.P.H., an epidemic intelligence service officer in CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. "This understanding is critical in promoting good health and coordinating comprehensive care for cancer survivors."

The authors note that the increase in number of cancer survivors is due to many factors, including a growing aging population, early detection, improved diagnostic methods, more effective treatment, and improved clinical follow-up after treatment.

"There is now a growing number of people who have faced a cancer diagnosis which affects them and their loved ones ?? from the time of diagnosis through the rest of their lives," said Julia H. Rowland, Ph.D., director of NCI's Office of Cancer Survivorship. "Unfortunately for many cancer survivors and those around them, the effect of cancer does not end with the last treatment.  Research has allowed us to scratch the surface of understanding the unique risks, issues, and concerns of this population. This report underscores the need for continued research, as well as for the development and implementation of best practices to provide optimal care and support for all cancer survivors."

SOURCE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)