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.
The biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference brings together researchers, clinicians, cancer survivors, advocates, policymakers, and public health experts to share the latest research and interventions designed to improve the long-term health and quality of life for cancer survivors and their families. This year's conference will be held in Atlanta on June 18–20.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
c/o CDC Warehouse
3719 N Peachtree Rd
Building 100 MS F-76
Chamblee GA 30341
TTY: (888) 232-6348
- Contact CDC-INFO