More people are surviving cancer than ever before.
According to a report by the American Association for Cancer Research, there were 18 million cancer survivors in January of this year. That’s more than a million more than three years ago.
Dr. Tamer Khashab, a hematological oncologist at Kelsey-Seybold, said it was thanks to life-saving drugs and treatments.
“Over the past decade, we have made significant progress in the way we treat cancer. Immunotherapies, which are antibodies that unlock the brakes of the immune system to fight cancer and we use them alone or in combination with chemotherapy,” Dr Khashab said.
Plus, he said, we now know the ways to prevent cancer.
Healthy lifestyles like avoiding too much sun, not smoking, getting enough sleep, and eating a healthy diet can help.
Preventive screenings are also essential.
“We can detect cancers at an earlier age or at a pre-cancerous stage so that we can treat them effectively,” Khashab explained.
Colorectal, prostate and breast cancers should all be screened from midlife, he said.
One day, screenings might get even better and easier.
“I think we’re in a time where we’re probably going to be able to detect cancer even earlier with a blood test that will be able to find cancer DNA even before we can detect it through our standard modalities,” said Khashab. .
Additionally, according to cancer.gov, since the Moonshots program launched in 2016, there has been measurable progress in cancer survival rates.
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