Cancer Research
Saves Lives.

June is National Cancer Survivor Month.
#ResearchSavesLives

During National Cancer Survivor Month, we celebrate the millions of people and families in the United States and worldwide who are living with, through, and beyond a cancer diagnosis. Learn more about the spectacular progress driven by cancer research and test your knowledge with our Cancer Survivors quiz.
  1. Cancer research is the foundation of progress against the collection of devastating diseases we call cancer. It is the driving force behind every advance across the clinical cancer care continuum and every legislative action designed to improve public health.

    In the mid-1970s, the five-year relative survival rate for all cancers combined was 49 percent. What was that rate as of 2016?
    1. 52 percent
    2. 58 percent
    3. 63 percent
    4. 67 percent
    5. 95 percent
Advances propelled by research are helping drive down U.S. cancer death rates. The age-adjusted U.S. cancer death rate declined by 25 percent from 1991 to 2014, a reduction that translates into 2.1 million cancer deaths avoided. In addition, the U.S. 5-year relative survival rate for all cancers combined rose from 49 percent in the mid 1970s to 69 percent in 2013, which is the last year for which we have data. Learn more here.
  1. Research-driven progress in cancer detection, diagnosis, and treatment is helping more and more people to survive longer and lead fuller lives after a cancer diagnosis. When the National Cancer Act of 1971 was signed into law in the United States, there were 3 million cancer survivors living in this country.

    How many cancer survivors are living in the United States today?
    1. 5.7 million
    2. 7.9 million
    3. 11.1 million
    4. 14.2 million
    5. 16.9 million
There are more than 15.5 million people in the United States living with, through, and beyond their cancer diagnosis. Each of these people has a unique experience and outlook, which can range from successful treatment and living cancer-free for the remainder of his or her life to living continuously with cancer. Cancer survivorship encompasses three distinct phases: the time from diagnosis to the end of initial treatment, the transition from treatment to extended survival, and long-term survival. Learn more about cancer survivorship.
  1. Progress in cancer research and care has eliminated disparities in cancer survivorship.
    1. True
    2. False
Decades of basic, epidemiologic, and clinical research have led to the identification of numerous cancer risk factors. As a result of this work, we know that more than half of all global cancer cases are attributable to preventable causes, including tobacco use, poor diet, physical inactivity, and obesity. Learn more about cancer risk factors and prevention. Learn more here.
Question 1 of 3
Answer: 67 percent
Advances propelled by research are helping drive down U.S. cancer death rates. The age-adjusted U.S. cancer death rate declined by 27 percent from 1991 to 2016, a reduction that translates into 2.6 million cancer deaths avoided. In addition, the U.S. five-year relative survival rate for all cancers combined rose from 49 percent in 1971 to 67 percent in 2016, which is the last year for which we have data. Learn more here.
Question 2 of 3
Answer: 16.9 million
There are more than 16.9 million people in the United States living with, through, and beyond a cancer diagnosis. Each of these individuals has a unique experience and outlook, which can range from successful treatment and living cancer-free for the remainder of his or her life to living continuously with cancer. Cancer survivorship encompasses three distinct phases: the time from diagnosis to the end of initial treatment, the transition from treatment to extended survival, and long-term survival. Learn more about cancer survivorship.
Question 3 of 3
Answer: False
Advances against cancer have not benefited everyone equally and certain segments of the population shoulder a disproportionate burden of the disease.

Examples of U.S. cancer health disparities in survivorship include:
  • Non-Hispanic black women have a breast cancer death rate that is 39 percent higher than that for non-Hispanic white women.
  • Men living in Appalachia have a lung cancer incidence rate that is 26 percent higher than that for men living in the remainder of the United States.
  • Patients of low socioeconomic status with anal cancer are more than 20 percent more likely to die from the disease than those of high socioeconomic status.
  • Adolescents and young adults (ages 15-99) with head and neck cancer who have no insurance are 51 percent more likely to die from their disease than those who have private insurance.
  • Bisexual women are more than 70 percent more likely to de diagnosed with cancer than heterosexual women.
Learn more here.
You answered out of 3 correctly!

Thank you for participating in our National Cancer Survivor Month quiz highlighting just some of the advances in cancer research that are benefiting patients today.

Cancer Research Saves Lives!

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