The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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June 2, 2014

Cancer survivors: 14.5 million strong... and growing

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Among women, survivors of breast cancer are by far the largest group - they make up 41 percent of female cancer survivors in 2014. Survivors of uterine cancer and colorectal cancer each account for 8 percent of the total, followed by melanoma (7 percent) and thyroid cancer (6 percent). By 2024, colorectal cancer survivors will overtake uterine cancer survivors, though not by much, according to the report’s projections.
For both men and women, all of the 10 most common types of cancer survivors in 2014 will still be on the Top 10 list in 2024, the report says.
Many types of cancer are about as common in women as in men. For instance, survivors of colorectal cancers account for 9 percent of male cancer survivors and 8 percent of female cancer survivors. Similarly, survivors of melanoma account for 8 percent of male cancer survivors and 7 percent of female cancer survivors. People who have been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma account for 4 percent of both male and female cancer survivors, and those who have been diagnosed with lung and bronchus cancers make up 3 percent of cancer survivors of both genders.
“The growing number of cancer survivors in the U.S. makes it increasingly important to understand the unique medical and psychosocial needs of survivors,” ACS epidemiologist Carol DeSantis, the lead author of the report, said in a statement. “Cancer survivors face numerous, important hurdles created by a fractured health care system, poor integration of survivorship care, and financial and other barriers to quality care, particularly among the medically underserved.”
The report was published online Sunday in the ACS journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

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