Cancer survivors will total more than 22.1 million by 2030 based on the growth and aging of the population alone according to estimates from the Cancer Treatment and Survivorship Statistics, 2019.
Already there are more than 16.9 million Americans with a history of cancer by January 1, 2019. This report is produced every three years by the American Cancer Society in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to help the public health community better serve the growing cancer population.
A growing aging population is a major factor in the growing number. A cancer survivor is described as a person who has a history of cancer, from the time of diagnosis through the remainder of their life reports the Cancer Letter.
- 8.1 million males and 8.8 million females in the US with a history of cancer
- About 68% of cancer survivors were diagnosed five or more years ago
- Nearly one in five (18%) was diagnosed 20 years or more ago
- Nearly two third (64%) are aged 65 and older
- In the U.S. 65,850 cancer survivors are 14 years and under and 47,760 are ages 15 to 19
Significant ramifications as there will be many more people in need of heightened health care services.