This is National Cancer Survivors Day. They number more than 14.5 million in the United States and are expected to grow to 19 million over the next decade, according to a report released Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago.
More cancers are being cured and more people are living longer with the disease. The American Cancer Society says two-thirds of today's cancer survivors were diagnosed at least five years ago and 15 percent were diagnosed 20 or more years ago.
Survival varies by gender and cancer type. For male survivors, the most common cancers faced were prostate followed by colorectal and melanoma. For female survivors, the most common types were breast cancer followed by uterine and colorectal.
Cancer survivors are at greater risk of second cancers and need to be monitored closely for the rest of their lives.