1 in 20 adults in the U.S. is now a cancer survivor

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Good news about cancer!# More Americans are surviving it. In fact, 40 percent of cancer survivors have outlived their diagnoses by 10 years or more.

According to a report recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 12 million Americans are cancer survivors. That”s four percent of the population.# A decade ago, the survivorship score was 9.8 million people and 3.5 percent of the population. Back in 1971, when cancer was considered pretty much a death sentence, there were only one-fourth as many survivors, and they made up less than 2 percent of the population.

Most of the cancer survivors in the U.S. have suffered breast, prostate or colorectal cancer and more than half are women. “More cancers are being diagnosed earlier, and there”s more effective treatment and follow-up care,”# says Eastside Medical Center Oncologist, Victoria Afshani, M.D. “In addition, more people are living into the most cancer-prone years, so more people are getting the disease – and surviving it.”#

Eastside Medical Center has a Comprehensive Cancer Program approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer since 1995 with a complete team of surgeons, medical & radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists and support staff to care for patients in our community.

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