Every 2 years, American Cancer Society researchers analyze and report on cancer survivorship and treatment statistics in the United States. They summarize the data in the publications Cancer Treatment & Survivorship Facts & Figures, published on cancer.org, and in Cancer Treatment & Survivorship Statistics, published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

The 2014 publications, released Sunday, provide in-depth information about current and projected cancer prevalence estimates for the United States, as well as data from the National Cancer Data Base on treatment patterns, and information on the common effects of cancer and its treatment.

Below are 10 key facts from the new reports. All figures are for the U.S.

14,483,830: The number of adults and children with a history of cancer alive in the United States as of January 1, 2014.

18,914,670: The predicted size of the U.S. cancer survivor population by the year 2024. That figure includes 9.3 million males and 9.6 million females.

2,975,970: The number of prostate cancer survivors in the United States. Prostate is the most common cancer among male cancer survivors. Colorectal cancer is the second most common, with 621,430 male survivors.

3,131,440: The number of female breast cancer survivors in the United States. Breast is the most common cancer among female cancer survivors. Uterine cancer is the second most common, with 624,890 survivors – and colorectal cancer is a close third, with 624,340 women previously diagnosed with colorectal cancer alive today.

64%: The percentage of cancer survivors diagnosed 5 or more years ago.

15%: The percentage of cancer survivors diagnosed 20 or more years ago.

5%: The percentage of cancer survivors younger than age 40. Nearly half of survivors are aged 70 or older.

747,400: The number of cancer survivors diagnosed 30 or more years ago.

60,620: The number of cancer survivors aged 14 or younger.

430,090: The number of lung cancer survivors. Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in both men and women.


Explore these statistics and more in Cancer Treatment & Survivorship Facts & Figures 2014-2015 and in Cancer Treatment & Survivorship Statistics, 2014.

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