US cancer survivors to rise by a third

15 June 2012

The number of Americans who will either experience or live with cancer will cancer will increase by a third over the next decade, according to new research.

By 2022, almost 18 million Americans will have some history of cancer, the American Cancer Society found.

This is mainly because the US population is growing and ageing, and it is a well-established fact that the incidences of cancer increase with getting older.

"Many survivors, even among those who are cancer free, must cope with the long-term effects of treatment, as well as psychological concerns such as fear of recurrence," commented Elizabeth R Ward, national vice president of Intramural Research and senior author of the report.

"As more people survive cancer, it is vital that health care providers are aware of the special needs of cancer patients and caregivers."

The study also revealed that approximately one-half of American cancer survivors are aged 70 and over, with the median age of diagnosis occurring at 66.

For women, the most common cancers are breast, uterine and colorectal. For men, prostrate, colorectal and melanoma are most common.

Posted by Philip Briggs

 

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