What does that mean? According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, written by Thomas Maugh, there are now more than eleven million cancer survivors living in the The United States. That is way up when compared to only 3 million is 1971.
The question is: Why?
In the article, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the “increase reflects earlier detection, improved diagnostic methods, more effective treatment, improved clinical follow-up after treatment and an aging U.S. population.”
Here is a link to the article.
Really? Maybe. Some would also argue more of us are getting cancer at a younger age. I might add advances in medical treatment across the board may also help more of us live longer with cancer, because people don’t die as often from other health related issues.
Whatever the reason–sounds like good news to me–especially since Pattie and I are cancer survivors ourselves.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat