Study: U.S. Cancer Survivors on the Rise

Cancer Rates

Cancer Rates

A recent report by the Center for Disease Control shows the number of cancer survivors in the United States has quadrupled since the early 1970's.

The number of survivors in 1971 was 3 million, in 2007 it was reported there were 11.7 million survivors.

The report suggests the increase in survivors is from earlier detection, better diagnostic methods and more effective treatment.

Tom Cothran, Tri-Cities Cancer Center, said this report will help people realize there are many ways to beat cancer.

"Well I certainly hope it shows people that there is some significant progress being made," Cothran said. "It also encourages them to follow through with their screenings and their check ups with their physicians on a regular basis."

Cothran said these numbers show progress, but the incidence rates are still too high because of smoking and bad diets.

The number of female survivors (54.3%) outnumbered the amount of male survivors (45.7%).

Breast, prostate and colorectal cancers were the most common for survivors.