Cancer Survivors Rise in Number
New data reveals that five percent of adults living in the U.S. have survived cancer. And, 20% of all adults over 65 are cancer survivors. These figures were released by the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2007, the number of cancer survivors totaled 11.7 million.
Health experts says these statistics must be encouraging to cancer patients. Around 65% of cancer patients have survived for more than five years after their diagnosis. This reveals that cancer is a treatable disease. Cancer patients need not give up hope and quit exercising, eating right and other healthy habits.
There are many factors that have caused the rise in the number of cancer survivors. Colon cancer and breast cancer patients have improved their chances due to better treatments available. There are more women cancer survivors than men, thanks to earlier diagnosis and treatment of cervical and breast cancers. Health experts says doctors and families need to pay attention to the health requirements of cancer patients and survivors, and give them the best possible services.