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Number of Cancer Survivors

  • As of January 2019, it is estimated that there are 16.9 million cancer survivors in the United States. This represents 5.0% of the population. [1]
  • The number of cancer survivors is projected to increase by 29.1%, to 21.7 million, by 2029. [1]
  • The number of cancer survivors is projected to grow to 26.1 million by 2040. [1]

Number or Percentage of Cancer Survivors, by Time Since Diagnosis

  • In 2019, 67% of survivors (10.3 million) ┬áhave survived 5 or more years after diagnosis; 45% have survived 10 or more years; and 18% have survived 20 or more years. [1]
  • Over the next decade, the number of people who have lived 5 or more years after their cancer diagnosis is projected to increase approximately 33%, to 15.1 million. [1]

More Details about Cancer Survivors

  • Sixty-four percent of survivors are currently 65 years of age or older. [1]
  • It is estimated that by 2040, 73% of cancer survivors in the United States will be 65 years or older. [1]
  • Among today's survivors, the most common cancer sites represented include female breast (23%, 3.6 million), prostate (21%, 3.3 million), colorectal (9%, 1.5 million), gynecologic (8%, 1.3 million) and melanoma (8%, 1.2 million).* [2], [3]

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

* Note: People may be represented more than once in these percentages if they have been diagnosed with more than one cancer. For example, a man who has survived both colorectal cancer and prostate cancer will be included as both a colorectal cancer survivor and as a prostate cancer survivor. Therefore, the sum of the percentages may be more than 100%.

[1] Projections based on data from Figure 1 in Bluethmann SM, Mariotto AB, Rowland, JH. Anticipating the ''Silver Tsunami'': Prevalence Trajectories and Comorbidity Burden among Older Cancer Survivors in the United States. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2016;25:1029-1036.

[2] American Cancer Society. Cancer Treatment & Survivorship Facts & Figures 2016-2017. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2016.

[3] 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 Clinician.