(HealthDay News) — The number of cancer survivors is projected to increase to more than 22.1 million by Jan. 1, 2030, based on growth and aging of the population alone, according to a study published online in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
Kimberly D. Miller, MPH, from the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, and colleagues estimated cancer prevalence using incidence and survival data, vital statistics, and population projections. They presented current treatment patterns for the most prevalent cancer types.
The researchers found that on Jan. 1, 2019, more than 16.9 million Americans (8.1 million men and 8.8 million women) with a history of cancer were alive. Based on the growth and aging of the population alone, this number is projected to increase to more than 22.1 million by Jan. 1, 2030. In 2019, the most prevalent cancers were prostate, colon and rectum, and melanoma of the skin among men and breast, uterine corpus, and colon and rectum among women. Fifty-six percent of survivors were diagnosed in the past 10 years, and 64% are aged ≥65 years.
“Models for the integration of comprehensive care for cancer survivors and their caregivers, including self-management, wellness and healthy lifestyle promotion, and cancer rehabilitation, are beginning to emerge,” the authors write. “As the evidence base grows, efforts at the individual, provider, system, and policy levels will help cancer survivors live longer and healthier lives.”