The number of cancer survivors currently in the United States is estimated at just under 14 million people. Expect to see that number continue to rise throughout the next decade.

The American Association for Cancer Research released its second Annual Report on Cancer Survivorship in the United States in advance of the AACR Annual Meeting 2013, and one of the major pieces of research in this report is the expected 31 percent increase in cancer survivors by 2022.

“The increase in the number of survivors will be due primarily to an aging of the population. By 2020, we expect that two-thirds of cancer survivors are going to be age 65 or older,” Julia Rowland, PhD, Director of the Office of Cancer Survivorship at the National Cancer Institute, a part of the National Institutes of Health, told the ASCO Post.

Another noteworthy item is how survivorship is not equal among different types of cancer:

In addition to providing estimates of future cancer survival trends, the report shows that survival is not uniform across cancer subtypes. Currently, women with breast cancer account for 22% of survivors, while men with prostate cancer make up 20%. People with lung cancer, the second most common cancer in terms of diagnosis, only represent 3% of survivors.

The data lays out a pretty clear need for an increase in the quality of lung cancer treatments, as well as the need for improved survivorship care.

“How to ensure that these patients lead not only long lives, but healthy and productive lives, will be a vital challenge to all of us,” said Dr. Rowland.

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Mark your calendars for Oct. 6, as one of the University of Arizona Cancer Center’s most important educational conferences is coming back.

¡VIDA! The Seventh Annual Mujer Latina Breast Cancer Conference will be held at Apollo Community School (265 W. Nebraska St., Tucson) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Topics will include cancer screening, understanding risk factors, treatment options and survivorship, with presentations delivered in Spanish and English.

This year’s program features the addition of new workshops for men, including cancer prevention for men and when your loved one has cancer, and for adolescent girls, body image and cancer prevention, as well as an extensive educational program on breast health.

Admission is free, but advanced registration is suggested. Register online at vida.arizona.edu or by calling Angela Valencia at 520-626-0331. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

The conference, founded and directed by Ana María López, MD, MPH, associate dean of outreach and multicultural affairs and professor of medicine and pathology at the University of Arizona and the University of Arizona Cancer Center, has as its goal “to bring free bilingual breast health information to the Latino community,” says Dr. López. Although the incidence of breast cancer in Latinas appears to be lower than in non-Latinas in the United States, the rate appears to be increasing. Breast cancer has surpassed cervical cancer as the No. 1 cancer killer of women.

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According to the National Cancer Institute, roughly 70,000 adolescents and young adults (ages 15-39) are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States.

For those 70,000 individuals, their lives – their hopes, dreams, goals – are all too often derailed by this horrible illness. Many of these patients will survive the disease, but recent studies show that their challenges are just beginning.

A new analysis, which used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, suggests that Survivors of adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancers have worse health and unhealthier behaviors than people without a history of cancer.