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More Cancer Survivors than Ever

Posted 6/7/2016

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  This is obviously both the good news and the bad news. The bad news is that the incidence of cancer is stable in spite of our best efforts at prevention.. The reason? Cancer is often a disease of aging, and as more Americans live longer, more of us will live long enough to have cancer. I have to say that I know the numbers and the fact of the previous sentence, but, looking around our waiting rooms and Infusion Area, cancer does not look like a disease of aging. There are an awful lot of young and younger people here!

  A recent report from the American Cancer Society suggests that there are more than 15.5 million Americans living with a diagnosis of cancer. This surely means that more attention is being paid to the many physical and emotional issues related to having had cancer, and that translates to more attentive and useful care for our future afflictions.

  From EurekAlert comes this story:

Cancer survivors: A growing population
New report by the American Cancer Society projects 20 million cancer survivors in the US by 2026
 -There were more than 15.5 million Americans with a history of cancer as of January 1,
2016, a number that is projected to reach more than 20 million by 2026. That's according to Cancer Treatment
and Survivorship Statistics, 2016, published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, a peer-reviewed journal of the
American Cancer Society, and its companion publication for consumers, Cancer Treatment & Survivorship
Facts & Figures, 2016-2017. The report was released ahead of National Cancer Survivors Day, Sunday June 5,
Although overall cancer incidence rates are declining in men and stable in women, the number of cancer
survivors continues to increase in the United States because of a growing and aging population, as well as
increases in cancer survival because of advances in early detection and treatment.

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