Getting a diagnosis of cancer is scary, but you are not alone. In fact, more than 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer every year, and nearly 40 percent of the population get a cancer diagnosis at some point in their life. The good news is that the number of cancer survivors has been going up steadily since the 1990s. Today, there are about 15 million cancer survivors living in the United States, and that number is expected to rise to 19 million by 2024.
Advances in cancer treatment have played a big role in the improving survivor statistics. Today's treatments are better than yesterday's. This includes newer treatments such as targeted therapy and immunotherapy.
Treatments vary greatly from one type of cancer to the next. How advanced your cancer is, called its stage, also makes a difference in the treatments selected and their odds of being successful. The best treatment for you will depend on these factors, and possibly others. Learn as much as you can about your cancer and work closely with the members of your cancer care team as you start the journey from diagnosis to cancer treatment.