LOS ANGELES — There were more than 13.7 million cancer survivors living in the United States in 2012 — nearly 2 million more than in 2008 — according to a cancer research report released Tuesday.
But the numbers of Americans who die from cancer is also projected to rise as the nation’s population ages, according to the American Association for Cancer Research’s 2013 progress report. That makes it likely that cancer will soon be the No. 1 disease-related killer of Americans, outpacing heart disease.
The report, which noted “amazing progress” in the fight against cancer even as it called for increased funding to promote still more scientific discoveries, summarized the current state of cancer.
Much of the news was good. More people survive the disease than in the past: The report estimated that a million lives have been saved since 1990 thanks to advances in cancer prevention and therapy. Today, one in 23 Americans is a cancer survivor; in 1971, just one in 69 was.