Number of Cancer Survivors Rising in the US

Number of Cancer Survivors Rising in the US

Number of Cancer Survivors Rising in the US

The number of cancer survivors in the U.S. went up in 2007 to 11.7 million, says a new report just released from the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 1971 there were around three million American cancer survivors and in 2001 there were 9.8 million.

The definition of ‘cancer survivor’ can be applied to any person diagnosed with any form of cancer from the diagnosis time until death.  The new study on cancer survivability and mortality has just been published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the magazine from the CDC.  The title of the research is “Cancer Survivors in the United States, 2007”.

The Director of the CDC, Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., said that it is good news for the medical community that so many cancer patients are surviving and leading healthy, productive and long lives. Prevention and detection of cancers is still of prime importance so that they can be treated effectively. A healthy diet, not smoking, limiting alcohol and regular exercise can help reduce many cancer risks.

The researchers analyzed statistics and data from the United States Census as well as from the National Cancer Institute in order to determine how many cancer survivors there were in the United States during various years. They then extrapolated the figures to come up with the number of survivors. Non melanoma cancers off the skin were not included.

Many medical experts expect the cancer survivor figures to keep going up due to improved prevention, detection and treatment procedures.


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