Chances are high that you probably know someone that has been affected by cancer, or perhaps you’ve battled this life-threatening disease in your own life. Cancer is a top killer in the U.S. and it’s one of the most feared diseases of all. But thanks to early detection and improved treatment, more cancer patients have a fighting chance to beat the disease. According to the American Cancer Society, cancer deaths have decreased by 20 percent over the last two decades, as per the most recent data gathered between 1991 and 2010.
How many people have cancer?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that there are approximately 12 million people in the U.S. that have been diagnosed with cancer at least once in their life. Survival rates may vary on a number of different factors such as the stage of the cancer, health of the patient, and the scope of medical coverage. In general, the CDC says two out of three cancer patients will live about five years after being diagnosed.
Most Common Cancers
In the U.S., prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men while breast cancer is the most prevalent for women. The second and third most common cancers include lung cancer and colorectal cancer (colon, rectal, or bowel cancer) for both men and women.
By 2030, researchers estimate that lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and liver cancer will be the top three deadliest cancers in the U.S., according to a recent article published in Cancer Research. This shift is expected to occur because research has been focused on improving diagnosis and treatment methods for other prominent cancers such as breast cancer and colorectal cancer.
National Cancer Survivor’s Day
Save the date! Sunday, June 1st, is National Cancer Survivor’s Day, an annual event that recognizes everyone that has been affected by cancer. This worldwide event is a “celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community,” according to the National Cancer Survivor’s Day Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Franklin, TN.
If you’re interested in participating in an event, please visit your local cancer treatment center, hospital, or American Cancer Society office for more information.