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June is National Cancer Survivor Month.
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During National Cancer Survivor Month, we celebrate the millions of people and families in the United States and worldwide who are living with, through, and beyond a cancer diagnosis. Learn more about the spectacular research-driven progress in cancer science and medicine and test your knowledge with our Cancer Survivorship quiz.
  1. Research is the foundation of progress against the collection of devastating diseases we call cancer. It is the driving force behind every advance across the clinical cancer care continuum and every legislative action designed to improve public health.

    In the mid-1970s, the five-year relative survival rate for all cancers combined was 49 percent. What was that rate 2014 – 2020?
    1. 52 percent
    2. 58 percent
    3. 63 percent
    4. 69 percent
    5. 91 percent
  1. Research-driven progress in cancer detection, diagnosis, and treatment is helping more and more people to survive longer and lead fuller lives after a cancer diagnosis. When the National Cancer Act of 1971 was signed into law in the United States, there were 3 million cancer survivors living in this country.

    How many cancer survivors are living in the United States as of 2024? More than:
    1. 8 million
    2. 11 million
    3. 13 million
    4. 16 million
    5. 18 million
  1. Progress in cancer research and care has eliminated disparities in cancer survivorship.
    1. True
    2. False
Question 1 of 3
Answer: 69.2 percent
Advances propelled by research are helping drive down U.S. cancer death rates. The age-adjusted U.S. cancer death rate declined by 33 percent from 1991 to 2020, a reduction that translates into 3.8 million lives saves. In addition, the U.S. five-year relative survival rate for all cancers combined rose from 49 percent in the mid-1970s to 69.2 percent in 2020, according to data from the federal government. Learn more here.
Question 2 of 3
Answer: 18 million
As of 2024 there are more than 18 million people in the United States living with, through, and beyond a cancer diagnosis. Each of these individuals has a unique experience and outlook, which can range from successful treatment and living cancer-free for the remainder of his or her life to living continuously with cancer. Cancer survivorship encompasses three distinct phases: the time from diagnosis to the end of initial treatment, the transition from treatment to extended survival, and long-term survival. Learn more about cancer survivorship.
Question 3 of 3
Answer: False
Advances against cancer have not benefited everyone equally and certain segments of the population shoulder a disproportionate burden of the disease.

Examples of U.S. cancer health disparities in survivorship and treatment include:
  • The incidence and death rates for multiple myeloma is twice as high for non-Hispanic Blacks.
  • Hispanic adults have a stomach cancer death rate that is almost double that of non-Hispanic white adults.
  • American Indian/Alaska Native adults are twice as likely to develop liver and intrahepatic bile duct cancer as non-Hispanic white adults.
  • Two-thirds of rural cancer survivors from the Appalachian region report financial distress.
  • Liver cancer patients living in rural communities at the time of diagnosis have nearly 10 percent higher mortality compared to patients living in urban communities.
  • Individuals transitioning from female to male are 58 percent less likely to adhere to cervical cancer screening as are cisgender individuals.
Learn more in the AACR Cancer Disparities Progress Report 2024.
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