News Picture: Cancer Survivors Predicted to Top 22 Million by 2030
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Cancer survivors Predicted to reach the top 22 million by 2030

TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) – More Americans are surviving cancer and their number could exceed 22 million in another decade, says the American Cancer Society.

Currently, thanks to better screening and treatment, more than 17 million Americans with cancer were still alive, the association said in a new report.

Although this is good news, it comes with a warning note. Cancer survivors often have long-term problems. Many also have to overcome barriers to get the treatments they need, the researchers said.

"People with anamnesis cancer have unique medical, psychosocial and economic needs that require proactive assessment and management by healthcare providers," said co-author Robin Yabroff. She is a senior scientific director of research into health services for the cancer society.

"Although there are more and more tools that can help patients, caregivers and clinicians navigate through the different stages of survival, more evidence-based resources are needed to optimize healthcare," Yabroff said in a press release about society.

According to the report, 8 million men and nearly 9 million women have a history of cancer. Among the survivors, 68% had diagnosed their cancer five or more years ago and 18% at least 20 years ago.

Also, while nearly two thirds of the survivors are 65 years or older, nearly 66,000 survivors are 14 and younger. Almost 48,000 are 15 to 19 years old.

Because of the growing and aging population, the number of survivors is increasing, although the number of women developing cancer remains stable and the number of men with cancer is declining, the researchers found.

The most common cancers in men are prostate cancer, colon cancer and melanoma. Among women they are breast, uterine and colon cancer.

The report was published in the journal on 11 June CA: a cancer diary for clinicians.

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SOURCE: American Cancer Society, press release, 11 June 2019

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