Encouraging news for people living with cancer: More Americans are beating the disease. Cancer survivors in the United States increased to 11.7 million in 2007. That’s according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute. In contrast, there were 3 million cancer survivors in 1971 and 9.8 million in 2001.
Early detection remains an important factor of preventing cancer to spread, and for the disease to be effectively treated. Key preventive measures to avoid cancer are regular exercise, or eating healthy foods in our daily diet. One key statistic from the study revealed the following:
- Of the 11.7 million people living with cancer in 2007, 7 million were 65 years or older.
Below is a chart of the estimated number of living persons in the United States ever diagnosed with cancer (of which 57.2% were females and are cancer survivors)…
Based on the chart, women are likely cancer survivors more than the male population. The report concludes that breast cancer survivors were also the largest group of cancer survivors (22%).
Credit source: Cancer survivor numbers are up (http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com) & ABCnews.com video clip.