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Survivorship-Related Statistics and Graphs

Estimated United States Cancer Prevalence

Cancer prevalence is the number of people alive today who have been diagnosed with cancer. MORE
(All figures are for the United States)

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Fast Facts

  • As of January 2012, it is estimated that there are 13.7 million cancer survivors in the United States. This represents approximately 4% of the population.1

  • Sixty-four percent of survivors has survived 5 years or more; 40% has survived 10 years or more; and 15% has survived 20 years or more after diagnosis.3

  • 59% of survivors are currently 65 years of age and older.1

  • Among today’s survivors, the most common cancer sites represented include female breast (22%), prostate (20%), colorectal (9%) and gynecologic (8%).1

  • The number of cancer survivors is projected to increase by 31%, to almost 18 million, by 20222, which represents an increase of more than 4 million survivors in 10 years.3

  • Over the next decade, the number of people who have lived 5 years or more after their cancer diagnosis is projected to increase approximately 37%, to 11.9 million.3

  • View Additional Resources:

    SEER Cancer Statistics Review 1975-2009

    Cancer Query System: Cancer Prevalence Database

    Cancer Prevalence References

1 Siegel, R., DeSantis, C., Virgo, K., et al. (2012), Cancer Treatment and Survivorship Statistics, 2012. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. doi: 10.3322/caac.21149.

2 Howlader N, Noone A, Krapcho M, Neyman N, Aminou R, Waldron W, et al. (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975–2009 (Vintage 2009 Populations), National Cancer Institute; Bethesda, MD, http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2009_pops09/, based on November 2011 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER web site, April 2012.

3 de Moor JS, Mariotto AB, Parry C, Alfano CM, Padgett L, Kent EE, Forsythe L, Scoppa S, Hachey M, and Rowland JH. Cancer Survivors in the United States: Prevalence across the Survivorship Trajectory and Implications for Care. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2013 Apr;22(4):561-70. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-12-1356. Epub 2013 Mar 27.

Last Updated: April 5, 2013

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