Cancer survival increasing - - Jackson, MS

Cancer survival increasing

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The number of cancer survivors in the U-S will top 18 million by 2022. That's according to a new report from the American Association for Cancer Research that tracks trends in cancer survival rates.

That's an increase of 31% from last year when there were over 13 million Americans with a history of cancer.

Experts say the bump will mostly be due to the aging population projecting that two-thirds of survivors will be over the age of 65.

However, rates are not the same for all types of cancer with breast cancer accounting for 22% of survivors while lung cancer makes up only three percent of the total.

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