Cancer Survivors to Increase by 31% by 2022

Cancer Survivors to Increase by 31% by 2022According to an annual report released by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), number of cancer survivors is increasing rapidly in the United States with people increasingly overcoming the deadly disease.

The report on Cancer Survivorship was published the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention and revealed that aging population with better treatment techniques helped to raise the cancer survival rate.

According to the report, at present, there are 13.7 million cancer survivors in the United States. The number is further expected to rise by 31% in next years to hit 18 million by 2022. The report's findings were derived from population projections from the US Census Bureau and the evaluation of the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program.

"For patients with prostate cancer, we have a nearly 100 percent five-year survival rate, and breast cancer has five-year survival rising from 75% in 1975 to almost 89%  in 2012", said Julia Rowland, Ph. D., the Director of the Office of Cancer Survivorship at the National Cancer Institute. She, however, called for better tools for diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed but has only 3% survival rate. Another report by the American Cancer Society last year also estimated the number of survivors to rise by 33% in the next decade.