Number of US cancer survivors nears 12 mil.
AFPWASHINGTON--Early diagnosis, improved treatments and an aging population have combined to boost the number of cancer survivors in the United States to nearly 12 million, the U.S. government said Thursday.
March 12, 2011, 10:50 pm TWN
The current total of 11.7 million people who have at one time in their lives faced a diagnosis of cancer is four times the level of cancer survivors in 1971 when it was three million, said a report by the Centers for Disease Control.
“It's good news that so many are surviving cancer and leading long, productive, and healthy lives,” said CDC Director Thomas Frieden.
“Preventing cancer and detecting it early remain critically important as some cancers can be prevented or detected early enough to be effectively treated.”
Seven million of the cancer survivors who were alive in 2007, the most recent year covered by the study, were over age 65.
Breast cancer survivors made up the largest single group at 22 percent, followed by prostate cancer survivors at 19 percent.