More Americans than ever are surviving cancer. According to Cancer Treatment & Survivorship Facts & Figures 2014-2015, there are 14.5 million cancer survivors alive in the US today, and that number is expected to grow to almost 19 million by 2024. This growth is due, in part, to improvements in both detection and treatment. Though there are still hurdles in the fight against cancer, these statistics show the great progress that has been made in helping people with cancer.

There are 14.5 million cancer survivors in the US. By 2024, it is estimated that the population of cancer survivors will increase to almost 19 million.

Who are cancer survivors?

Percentage of survivors by gender and cancer site 

Males                                    6,876,600 (all sites)           Females                             7,607,230 (all sites)                  
Prostate                                  43%                                   Breast                                  41%
Colon & rectum                       9%                                     Uterine corpus                     8%
Melanoma                               8%                                     Colon & rectum                    8%
Urinary bladder                       7%                                     Melanoma                            7%
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma         4%                                     Thyroid                                 6%
Testis                                       4%                                     Non-Hogdkin lymphoma        4%
Kidney                                     3%                                     Uterine cervix                       3%
Lung & bronchus                     3%                                     Long & bronchus                  3%
Oral cavity & pharynx              3%                                     Ovary                                    3%
Leukemia                                 3%                                     Kidney                                  2%
Other                                       14%                                   Other                                    15%                                   
  
 
Percentage of survivors by gender and age
 
                  Male         Female
0-14           1%           <1%
15-19       <1%           <1%
20-29         1%             1%
30-39         3%             2%
40-49         5%             8%
50-59         14%           19%
60-69         27%           26%
70-79         29%           23%
80+            20%           19%
 
                                *Percentages do not sum to 100% due to rounding. 
 
Percentage of survivors by gender and years since diagnosis                                
 
                              Male      Female
0 to <5 years         40%       32%
5 to <10 years       25%       22%
10 to <15 years     16%       16%
15 to <20 years       9%        11%
20 to <25 years       5%         8%
25 to <30 years       3%         5%
30+ years                3%         7%
 

Stage at diagnosis affects survival*
The earlier a diagnosed, the better the chances of survival.

The survival rate for women diagnosed with localized breast cancer is 99%. 61% of patients are diagnosed at this stage.
 
The survival rate for women diagnosed with regional breast cancer is 84%. 32% of patients are diagnosed at this stage.
 
The survival rate for women diagnosed with distant breast cancer is 24%. 5% of patients are diagnosed at this stage.
 
The survival rate for patients diagnosed with localized colorectal cancer is 90%. 40% of patients are diagnosed at this stage.
 
The survival rate for patients diagnosed with regional colorectal cancer is 70%. 36% of patients are diagnosed at this stage.
 
The survival rate for patients diagnosed with distant colorectal cancer is 13%. 20% of patients are diagnosed at this stage. 
 
The survival rate for patients diagnosed with localized lung cancer is 54%. 15% of patients are diagnosed at this stage.
 
The survival rate for patients diagnosed with regional lung cancer is 26%. 22% of patients are diagnosed at this stage.
 
The survival rate for patients diagnosed with distant lung cancer is 4%. 57% of patients are diagnosed at this stage.
 
Melanoma
The survival rate for patients diagnosed with localized melanoma is 98%. 84% of patients are diagnosed at this stage.
 
The survival rate for patients diagnosed with regional melanoma is 62%. 9% of patients are diagnosed at this stage.
 
The survival rate for patients diagnosed with distant melanoma is 16%. 4% of patients are diagnosed at this stage.
 
The survival rate for men diagnosed with localized or regional prostate cancer is almost 100%. 93% of patients are diagnosed at these stages.
 
The survival rate for men diagnosed with distant prostate cancer is 28%. 4% of patients are diagnosed at this stage.
 
*5-year relative survival rate
 
Localized: confined to the organ of origin
Regional: spread to nearby tissues or lymph nodes
Distant: spread to other organs or parts of the body
 
----- FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE CANCER SURVIVAL -----
 
ICON: EARLY DETECTION

Screening allows doctors to find some cancers earlier, when they are easier to treat. In some cases, screening can prevent cancer altogether.

ICON: IMPROVED TREATMENTS

More effective treatment options and improved clinical follow-up after treatment help people with cancer live longer.

ICON: ACCESS TO CARE
Having access to high quality cancer care can significantly improve survival.
 
 
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