"While cancer survivors are living longer after their diagnosis, at least one-third of the more than 15 million survivors in the United States face physical, mental, social, job, or financial problems related to their cancer experience. These psychosocial and physical concerns may affect family members, friends, and others who provide comfort and care to survivors.
Through data, translation, and partnership, CDC works to address these and other challenges faced by cancer survivors and improve survivors’ health and quality of life.
Physical Health Concerns
Some behaviors, experiences, or other factors increase some survivors’ risk of having their first cancer come back, getting a new cancer, and having other health problems. Factors that increase such risks for cancer survivors include—
- The side effects of treatment.
- Genetic factors, such as those that can cause hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and Lynch syndrome.
- Unhealthy behaviors like smoking, obesity, and lack of physical activity.
- Other risk factors that contributed to the first cancer...."
Life after cancer