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Cancer Trends Progress Report – 2011/2012 Update

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Clinicians’ Advice to Quit Smoking
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Weight and Physical Activity
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Secondhand Smoke
Chemical Exposures
Tobacco Company Marketing Expenditures
Early Detection
Breast and Cervical Cancers
Colorectal Cancer
Bladder, Breast, Colorectal
Kidney, Lung, Ovarian, Prostate
Life After Cancer
End of Life
Early Detection
Life After Cancer
End of Life

Summary Table: Life After Cancer

Only one measure per topic is displayed in the summary table. A complete set of measures, where they exist, can be found in the report.

Trend key: green - headed in the right direction
  red - headed in the wrong direction
  black - stable or non-significant change (NSC)
  blue - Healthy People 2020 target

(year diagnosed)
Costs of cancer care
Cancer survivors and smoking
Measure The proportion of patients surviving cancer five years after diagnosis calculated in the absence of other causes of death. Estimates of national expenditures for cancer care. Rates of smoking among cancer survivors are based on the self-reporting of individuals with a cancer history who are interviewed as part of the annual population-based National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). Participants were asked whether they were a current smoker.
Recent summary trend* Rising
There is no AAPC for this measure Falling
Desired direction
Trend Rising, then stable, then rising, then stable


Most recent estimate For adults (over 19 years old) diagnosed with cancer (all sites) in 2003, 66.7 percent survived cancer for at least five years. In 2010, national cancer care expenditures were an estimated $124.6 billion. National expenditures were largest for lymphoma and female breast, colorectal, lung, and prostate cancers, reflecting prevalence of disease, treatment patterns, and costs for different types of care. Based on estimates adjusted for the age distribution of cancer patients diagnosed in the SEER program, the percent of adult cancer survivors who currently smoke is decreasing over time, and the rate of decline is similar for both men and women. However, when looking at estimates of smoking prevalence, age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S, standard population, cancer survivors aged 18-44 report smoking at rates higher than those reported for the rest of the population. Cancer survivors older than age 44 report smoking rates similar to those of the rest of the population.
Healthy People 2020 target Increase to 72.8 percent the proportion of cancer survivors who are living five years or longer after diagnosis. There is no Healthy People 2020 target for costs of cancer care. There is no Healthy People 2020 target for smoking rates among cancer survivors. However, it is reasonable to set this at the goal determined for the general population, which is to decrease to 12 percent the proportion of people who smoke.
More information Survival Costs of Cancer Care Cancer Survivors and Smoking

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* Summary trend (generally 5 most recent years) as characterized by the Average Annual Percent Change (AAPC).

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