The American Cancer Society estimates that 1 in 3 women and as many as 1 in 2 men will face cancer in their lifetimes. *
But before we forecast, let's look at the current state of cancer in America:
There are currently 13.7 million Americans living with cancer.
1.7 million are being diagnosed every year.
That means, at this very moment, there are approximately 15.4 million Americans living with a history of cancer, currently facing cancer, or that just got diagnosed this year.
Now, let's assume that each one of those 15.4 million American's is fortunate to have at least 1 family member, friend, or co-worker that is aiding them in their fight against cancer. (This is an extremely conservative estimate because if you think about friends, family, co-workers, significant others, hospital and oncology staff that number is much closer to at least 10 - 20 people per patient)
Then, using an extremely conservative estimate of one person with a history of cancer to one caregiver ratio, that number doubles to roughly 30 million American's currently "facing" cancer as either a patient or caregiver.
That is 10% of the US population.
Put another way: 1 in every 10 people you encounter tomorrow will have dealt with or is currently dealing with cancer.
THAT is why we should care.
(if on the liberal side we said the ratio was one patient to 20 caregivers, that could easily mean 93% of the current US population knows someone who is, had, or is this year facing cancer. That could easily mean nearly every person you encounter tomorrow knows someone who has faced or is facing cancer. That is mind blowing)
Not to mention, 600,000 Americans are expected to die from cancer alone this year. Continuing with our 1-1 ratio, that is another 1.2 million Americans who lost their lives or lost someone dear to them - in one year alone. Over the last 10 years, that's 12 million Americans. But it is obsurd to think that one person losing their life to cancer only affected one other friend or family member.
Cancer is not a YOU disease, it's a US disease.
It means those currently fighting for their lives are not alone.
It means the individual staying up late at night researching is not alone.
It means the family out under financial duress is not alone.
It means if you have lost a loved one to cancer you are not alone.
But it doesn't always feel that way...
If you remove the Y from Yours, as in "why did this happen to me?" or "why should I care about this?" it becomes OURS. Something we must fight and combat together.
So the ask is quite simple:
It's not just about caring, it's about acting
Find someone facing cancer and reach out to them. Offer to help.
Not sure how to help them? Tell them about our resources and tools, maybe even send them a link to CancerQ.
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The CancerQ Team
*Statistic does include skin cancers. All statistics are provided by the American Cancer Society