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American Cancer Society // Infographics // 2016

Life After Cancer: Survivorship by the Numbers

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 to a growing and aging population, as well as earlier detection and better treatment. As this population increases, it will be more important than ever to address this group's unique needs.

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 cancer survivors by gender and cancer type
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 5%
Testis 4% Non-Hodgkin lymphoma 4%
Kidney 3% Uterine cervix 3%
Lung & bronchus 3% Lung & 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 diagnosis, the better the chances of survival.

Breast (Female)

  • 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. 

Colon & Rectum 

  • 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.  

Lung & Bronchus

  • 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. 

Prostate

  • 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

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

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

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

 

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