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Number of Cancer Survivors

  • As of January 2016, it is estimated that there are 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States. This represents 4.8% of the population.1, 2 
  • The number of cancer survivors is projected to increase by 31%, to almost 20 million, by 2026, which represents an increase of more than 4 million survivors in 10 years.1, 2 

Number or Percentage of Cancer Survivors, by Time Since Diagnosis

  • Over the next decade, the number of people who have lived 5 years or more after their cancer diagnosis is projected to increase approximately 35%, to 14 million.1, 2 
  • In 2016, 68% of survivors have survived 5 years or more after diagnosis; 47% have survived 10 years or more; and 20% have survived 20 years or more.1, 2 

More Details about Cancer Survivors

  • Sixty-one percent of survivors are currently 65 years of age or older.1, 2 
  • Among today's survivors, the most common cancer sites represented include female breast (23%), prostate (21%), colorectal (9%), gynecologic (8%) and melanoma (8%).1, 2

For additional cancer-related statistics, please visit NCI's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program.


1 American Cancer Society. Cancer Treatment & Survivorship Facts & Figures 2016-2017. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2016.

2 Miller, K. D., Siegel, R. L., Lin, C. C., Mariotto, A. B., Kramer, J. L., Rowland, J. H., Stein, K. D., Alteri, R. and Jemal, A. (2016), Cancer treatment and survivorship statistics, 2016. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.