Cancer: An Ongoing Challenge
We have made tremendous progress against cancer—for
example, the U.S. five-year relative survival rate for all
cancers combined increased from 49 percent in the mid-
1970s to 68 percent in 2010 ( 6). In spite of this progress, this
collection of diseases continues to exert a devastating toll on
the global population. In fact, it is predicted that about 8.9
million people worldwide will die from some form of cancer
in 2015 ( 7), 589,430 of these individuals in the United States
( 6) (see Table 2, p. 12).
One of the reasons that cancer continues to be an enormous
public health challenge is that advances have not been
uniform for all types of cancer (see Table 3, p. 14). For
example, although death rates for most types of cancer have
been declining in the United States since the early 1990s,
those for adults diagnosed with liver or pancreatic cancer
85% of voters
recognize that progress is
being made against cancer.
Source: A 2015 national survey conducted on behalf of the AACR by
Hart Research Associates and Public Opinion Strategies.