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 ?¢?Ç¨?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