FIGURE 2-5 Distribution of cancer survivors in the U.S. by site, 2002.

DATA SOURCE: U.S. prevalence counts were estimated by applying U.S. population counts to SEER 9 and historical Connecticut Limited Duration Prevalence proportions and adjusted to represent complete prevalence (2004 submission). Complete prevalence is estimated using the completeness index method (Capocaccia and De Angelis, 1997; Merrill et al., 2000). Populations from January 2002 were based on the average of the July 2001 and July 2002 population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The size of the survivorship population was 10.1 million. HD = Hodgkin’s disease, NHL = non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, GU = genital or urinary. Gynecologic includes cancer of the cervix, corpus uteri, and ovary.

SOURCE: NCI (2005c).

breast cancer (40 percent), cancers of the corpus and uterus (excluding the cervix, 10 percent), and colorectal cancer (10 percent).


As of 2002, more than one-third (38 percent) of survivors were of working age (ages 20 to 64), and 5 percent were in their primary reproductive years (ages 20 to 39) (Figure 2-8). Most (61 percent) cancer survivors were over the age of 65 and therefore eligible for Medicare coverage. Survivors of childhood cancer who are under age 20 make up a small fraction of all cancer survivors (1 percent).

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