Sunday, May 26, 2013

National Cancer Survivors Day

                                 
June 2nd is a day to CELEBRATE!  
This day we celebrate those who continue to survive cancer, and to inspire those who are recently diagnosed.

Survival statistic
The number of people with a history of cancer in the United States has increased dramatically, from 3 million in 1971 to about 13.7 million today. About 68% of today’s cancer survivors were diagnosed with cancer five or more years ago. And, approximately 15% of all cancer survivors were diagnosed 20 or more years ago. More than half (59%) of cancer survivors are 65 or older, and 5% are younger than 40.
Most cancer survivors were initially diagnosed with common cancers. For example, 22% of survivors had breast cancer, 20% had prostate cancer, 9% had colorectal cancer, and 8% had cervical, uterine, or ovarian cancer.
The increase in survival rates is largely attributed to the following four developments:
  • Improved screening and early detection, such as mammography for breast cancer, the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test for prostate cancer, the Pap test for cervical cancer, and colonoscopy for colorectal cancer
  • Improvements in treatment
  • More effective treatment of side effects, making it possible to give patients higher, more effective doses of cancer drugs
  • The development of targeted therapies, which are more specific and often less toxic than standard chemotherapy
Source: National Cancer Institute Office of Cancer Survivorship, http://dccps.nci.nih.gov/ocs/prevalence/index.html.

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