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Number of Cancer Survivors

  • As of January 2014, it is estimated that there are 14.5 million cancer survivors in the United States. This represents over 4% of the population.1  View graph
  • The number of cancer survivors is projected to increase by 31%, to almost 19 million, by 2024, which represents an increase of more than 4 million survivors in 10 years.1 View graph

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 37%, to 11.9 million.2 View graph
  • Sixty-four percent of survivors have survived 5 years or more after diagnosis; and 41% have survived 10 years or more; and 15% have survived 20 years or more.1  View graph

More Details about Cancer Survivors

  • Sixty percent of survivors are currently 65 years of age and older.1  View graph
  • Among today's survivors, the most common cancer sites represented include female breast (22%), prostate (21%), colorectal (9%) and gynecologic (7%).1  View graph

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

1 DeSantis C, Chunchieh L, Mariotto AB, et al. (2014). Cancer Treatment and Survivorship Statistics, 2014. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. In press.

2 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.