Cancer survivors often face physical, emotional, social, and financial problems as a result of their cancer diagnosis and treatment. Also, survivors have a higher risk of having their first cancer come back, getting a second cancer, and having other health problems due to—
- The side effects of treatment.
- Genetic changes, such as those that can cause hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and Lynch syndrome.
- Risk factors that contributed to the first cancer.
- Unhealthy behaviors like smoking, obesity, and lack of physical activity.
Cancer survivorship affects not only the cancer patient, but also his or her family members, friends, and neighbors who often help with daily tasks.
Fast Facts About Cancer Survivorship
- Nearly 14 million Americans are alive after being told they have cancer.
- A CDC study found that the largest groups of cancer survivors were breast cancer survivors (22%), prostate cancer survivors (19%), and colorectal cancer survivors (10%).
- One out of every 10 cancer patients who receives chemotherapy gets an infection that requires a hospital visit.