National Cancer Survivors Month

The National Cancer Institute's Office of Cancer Survivorship (OCS) is focused on enhancing the quality and length of survival of all persons diagnosed with cancer and preventing, minimizing, or managing adverse effects of cancer and its treatment.

Join us as we recognize the more than 18 million cancer survivors in the United States and the work being done to improve the lives of all survivors and their caregivers.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NCICancerSurv as we release new cancer survivor stories and answer your questions.

Cancer Survivor Statistics

As of January 2022, it is estimated that there are 18.1 million cancer survivors in the United States. This represents approximately 5.4% of the population.

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Cancer Survivor Stories

Cancer Survivor Stories: Bob

Less than 1% of new breast cancer cases each year are in men. When Bob was diagnosed in 1996, everyone was surprised. Since then, he has become more involved in the cancer community, supporting survivors and working to raise awareness of male breast cancer and other cancers. He also focuses on nurturing the next generation of cancer researchers to help them understand the human perspectives of cancer.

Click below to read Bob’s story and others and check back for new video content throughout the month.

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Q&A with Dr. Emily Tonorezos

Tune in all month long as OCS Director Dr. Emily Tonorezos answers your questions on cancer survivorship. New videos will be added to the OCS Twitter account each week addressing questions from cancer survivors, caregivers, researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and the media. View the Q&A video collection.

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June 13, 2023, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Jennifer Reese, PhD
Sexual Concerns of Cancer Survivors: Are We Closer to Addressing this Unmet Need?

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September 19, 2023, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Simon Craddock Lee, PhD, MPH
Optimizing Care Delivery for Cancer Survivors: Engaged, Pragmatic, Multi-team & Multi-level

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July 06, 2023