According to a new report from the American Cancer Society, more than 17 million cancer survivors nationwide are alive thanks to improved screening and treatment. Of those, 68% were diagnosed with cancer five or more years ago, and 18% were diagnosed at least 20 years ago. Survivorship is increasing, even as the number of women with cancer remains stable and the number of men with cancer declines.
However, Robin Yabroff, PhD, the American Cancer Society’s senior scientific director of health services research and co-author of the report, noted in a press release that people with a history of cancer continue to have unique medical, psychosocial, and economic needs throughout their lives.
“Although there are growing numbers of tools that can assist patients, caregivers, and clinicians in navigating the various phases of cancer survivorship, further evidence-based resources are needed to optimize care,” Dr. Yabroff added.
While nearly two-thirds of cancer survivors are 65 or older, almost 66,000 survivors are 14 or younger.