By the year 2030, experts estimate that 22.1 million people in the US will have had and survived cancer, a new report suggests.
On the whole, it's good news, as new cases of cancer are declining among men and stable among women.
But the health care needs of people with a history of cancer are different from those who have never had the disease, meaning there will likely be new holes to fill as more people live longer after battling cancer.
Researchers at the American Cancer Society credit treatment advancements for the changing landscape of survivorship, but urge that more specialized care needs to be given to these people.
Overall, fewer Americans are developing cancer, but more of them are surviving many forms of the disease, a new American Cancer Society report found.
Currently, some 16.9 million Americans have a history of cancer.
Some form of the disease will strike almost one in three people in the world at some point in their lives.
But it isn't a death sentence any more.
Recent decades have brought drastic improvements in screening practices that allow doctors to catch tumors earlier when they're more easily treatable.
And treatments advanced radically too.
A long way from broad chemo drugs or radiation therapy blasts, those methods are still used but in targeted ways and in combination with newer treatments like gene therapies and immunotherapies.
Cancer can strike anyone of any age, but remains somewhat more common among women.
Currently, the new report, published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, estimates that 8.1 million men and 8.8 million