- 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.
- The number of cancer survivors is projected to increase by 29.1%, to 21.7 million, by 2029.
- In 2019, 67% of survivors (10.3 million) have survived 5 or more years after diagnosis; 45% have survived 10 or more years; and 18% have survived 20 or more years.
- 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.
- Sixty-four percent of survivors are currently 65 years of age or older.
- It is estimated that by 2040, 73% of cancer survivors in the United States will be 65 years or older.
- 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).
Source of information: www.cancer.gov