Statement Of Need
Cancer has a major impact on society in the United States and across the world. Cancer afflicts not only the body, but also the whole person and the whole family.
Supportive services and programs aimed at cancer patients, their families, and survivors of cancer in our area are limited and fragmented. Often those diagnosed with cancer do not know where to turn or find resources. Currently offered programs in our community may be out of reach for those with limited financial resources. Many survivors feel they had lots of support during their treatment, but once it ended, it was hard to make a transition to a new way of life and adjusting to a “new normal”. Survivorship starts at the time of disease diagnosis and continues throughout the rest of the patient's life. Family caregivers and friends are also considered survivors.
An average of 4,645 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed each year in Martin and St. Lucie Counties, Florida. (Source: County and Florida data (2011-2013). US data from ACS Cancer Facts & Figures 2015)
41% of the population will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
A report by the American Cancer Society – in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute – estimates there are almost 14.5 million cancer survivors alive in the US today, and that number will grow to almost 19 million by 2024. This includes everyone who’s ever had cancer, from the time of diagnosis for the rest of their life. The report, “Cancer Treatment & Survivorship Facts & Figures,” and an accompanying journal article in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians were released June 1, 2014.
The report says even though the rates of new cancer cases are decreasing, the number of cancer survivors is growing. This is due partly to improved treatments that help people with cancer live longer, and improvements in early detection that allow doctors to find cancer earlier when it is easier to treat. The report was created to help draw attention to the growing number of cancer survivors in the US who have specific medical, psychological, and social needs. It also aims to raise awareness of resources that can assist patients, caregivers, and health care providers in navigating treatment and recovery from cancer.