Surviving Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is a cancer survivor?

A cancer survivor is anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer and is alive today. Because of major advances in diagnosis and screening as well as better treatment for many types of cancer, many people are living longer with cancer. As of January 2014, it is estimated that approximately 14.5 million people in the United States have a history of cancer. Of these, 64 percent were diagnosed 5 or more years earlier, and 15 percent were diagnosed 20 or more years ago. Further, because cancer tends to affect older adults, about 60 percent of survivors are 65 or older while 20 percent are age 80 or older.

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