Our Ranks are Swelling; Our Voices Will be Heard


It is often said that everyone has been touched by cancer. Now, with new data available from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) on the number of cancer survivors in the United States today, that has never ben more true. The recently released NCI publication, The Nation’s Investment in Cancer Research ?¢?Ǩ?Äú An Annual Plan and Budget Proposal for 2009, now lists the estimated number of cancer survivors living in the United States at nearly 12 Million (specifically ?11,941,043). This is a 14% increase from the 10.5 Million survivors many of us cite when talking about the impact of the disease. Since this number represents a dramatic increase in the number of survivors, we even took the extra step to confirm it by contacting the Cancer Statistics Branch at the NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. We were assured by the branch that it is reliable based on the new Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) data.

You will begin to see the LAF will incorporate this new estimate of nearly 12 Million cancer survivors into our organization’s messaging. In addition, I encourage you to let your friends and family know the true number of cancer survivors living in the U.S. today. It will only be through a united front comprised of all of us who have been touched by the cancer that we will overcome the apathy and status quo in the way we fight the war on cancer. And if you multiply the 12 Million survivors by the number of family and friends that are also affected, we have ourselves an Army that no one would dare to challenge!

If you want to join us in this fight, I encourage you to unite with us at livestrong.org


  1. Brian Dowd says:

    I had to take a double take. Nearly 12 million of us and for the last year and a half I have been saying 10 million. This is a huge increase and we need to take it seriously. I will certainly voice it on my blog and make sure that anything I get in the paper or radio will include it.


  2. Kathy Smith says:

    I had read the same publication ( okay so I only read parts of it) but I too was so excited to see the 12 Million!! It is great to know that the work we are doing on the ground is really making a change. More and More people are surviving. That translates to mean that the early detection message is getting out there, that people are getting access to the treatments we know work, and that the incredible research that is going on across the country is finding answers!! We have a long way to go but this is the perfect reminder that the work we do deep in the weeds of this battle is making a difference…. 12 Million Cancer survivors!! Now that is a Force to be reckoned with!!!

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