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This Month in Cancer Awareness

June is Cancer Survivorship Awareness Month

The term cancer survivor refers to a person who has been diagnosed with cancer, from the time of diagnosis throughout his or her life. The impact of cancer on survivors’ family members, friends, and caregivers is also a part of survivorship.

Nearly 15 million Americans who have been diagnosed with cancer are living in the United States. Although the rate of people who get cancer is going down, the overall number of people who have cancer is going up. The number of people who are 65 years old or older is expected to grow to 71 million by 2030—twice the number of people in this age group as compared to 2000. People also are living longer after being told they have cancer, due to improvements in finding cancer early and better cancer treatments.

About two out of every three people who are diagnosed with cancer are expected to live at least five years after diagnosis, but differences in health care affect survival. Men and women with low incomes, racial and ethnic groups, or other underserved populations who have little or no health insurance are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer at later stages, when survival rates are shorter.

For more information on survivorship, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's webpage: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/survivorship/basic_info/survivors/

ACS Data

Source: https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/research/cancer-facts-and-statistics/annual-cancer-facts-and-figures/2018/cancer-facts-and-figures-2018.pdf

Staying Healthy After Cancer Treatment

When your treatment is finished, your doctor may tell you that you should get checkups or tests in the future. This is called follow-up care. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions. These tests can help find early signs of a new or the same cancer.

You can lower your risk of getting cancer again or having the cancer come back by making healthy choices like—

  • Staying away from tobacco. If you smoke, try to quit, and stay away from other people’s smoke.
  • Limiting the amount of alcohol you drink.
  • Protecting your skin from exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun and tanning beds.
  • Eating lots of fruits and vegetables.
  • Keeping a healthy weight.
  • Being physically active.
  • Getting a flu shot every year.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/survivors/life-after-cancer/staying-healthy-after-cancer-treatment.htm


Last updated May 31, 2018