The American Cancer Society estimates that there were more than 15.5 million Americans with a history of cancer as of January, 2016, a number that it projects will reach more than 20 million by 2026. Although overall cancer incidence rates are declining in men and stable in women, the number of cancer survivors continues to increase in the United States – not only because of a growing and aging population, but also due to increases in cancer survival resulting from advances in early detection and treatment.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has launched an online tool Springboard Beyond Cancer for cancer survivors. Springboard Beyond Cancer is designed to make it easy for those in treatment and post-treatment to access essential information to help them manage ongoing cancer-related symptoms, deal with stress, improve healthy behaviors, communicate better with healthcare teams, and seek support from friends and family. American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute designed Springboard Beyond Cancer to be an easy-to-use resource that helps cancer survivors address their unique medical, psychosocial, and wellness needs during and after treatment.
Studies show that up to 90 percent of cancer survivors experience fatigue, and many survivors also struggle with problematic symptoms like sleep issues and stress. Fifty percent of survivors say they are “extremely interested” in resources that will help them exercise more or eat better.
Citation: Barsevick, Andrea, Debra Barton, Jayesh Kamath, and Lillian Nail. “Fatigue (PDQ®)–Health Professional Version.” National Cancer Institute. National Cancer Institute, 28 Aug. 2014. Web. 26 Oct. 2016.
Adapted from press release by American Cancer Society