Number of US cancer survivors on the rise
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The number of Americans who have survived cancer is on the rise and is expected to reach 18 million people in the next decade, according to a report released on Wednesday.
That would be a 30 per cent increase over the latest figures in January 2012, which showed 13.7 million people in the United States had survived some form of cancer, according to the American Association for Cancer Research.
The forecasted increase is mainly due to the aging population, with two thirds of cancer survivors expected to be 65 or older by 2020, said the study.
The trend represents a new challenge for the health care industry and for longer-living survivors, who may face other health woes over time.