Karmanos Cancer Institute Honors All Cancer Survivors and Recognizes National Cancer Survivors Month in June

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, cancer centers, and other organizations across the nation recognize June as National Cancer Survivor Month. A cancer survivor is anyone with a history of cancer from the time they were diagnosed through the remainder of their life. June is a time to celebrate and honor the millions of people who have beat cancer and think of those who are currently undergoing treatment.

Cancer Facts and Figures

  • As of January 2022, there are about 18.1 million cancer survivors in the U.S.
  • The number of cancer survivors is projected to grow to 22.5 million, an increase of 24.4%, by 2032. Furthermore, the number of cancer survivors is projected to grow to 26 million by 2040.
  • Currently, about 67% of survivors are 65 years or older. In 2040, it is estimated that 74% of survivors will be 65 or older.
  • The five most common types of cancer among today’s cancer survivors are breast, prostate, colorectal, melanoma, and gynecologic.

All data reported by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute.

Cancer Treatment at Karmanos Cancer Institute 

Karmanos Cancer Institute offers 15 multidisciplinary teams (MDT), each designed and staffed with cancer specialists who are focused and have devoted their careers to that particular cancer. The MDTs at Karmanos are:

  • Bone Marrow & Stem Cell Transplant
  • Breast Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal and Neuroendocrine Oncology
  • Genitourinary Oncology
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Head and Neck Oncology
  • Hematology Oncology
  • Melanoma
  • Multiple Myeloma and Amyloidosis
  • Neuro-Oncology
  • Pediatric Oncology
  • Phase I Clinical Trials
  • Sarcoma Oncology
  • Supportive Oncology
  • Thoracic Oncology

The MDTs include surgical, medical and radiation oncologists; radiologists; pathologists; plastic surgeons; pharmacists; specialized nurse practitioners; dietitians; social workers; and genetic counselors, among other health care professionals.

The Karmanos health care team employs the latest technology and treatments to ensure your greatest chance at success, including immunotherapy, minimally invasive surgery and intensity-modulated radiation therapy to minimize radiation exposure to nearby healthy organs.

Support as a Cancer Survivor at Karmanos

Karmanos strives to ensure patients and their caregivers are supported during their cancer journey. This includes tools and resources to care for not just the body but also the mind, spirit, and basic needs. Cancer survivors may participate in a variety of support groups, educational programs and therapy services. Find more information about supportive services at Karmanos here.  

Cancer Screenings 

Cancer is most treatable in its early stages, which is why the Karmanos Cancer Institute recognizes that early detection is an important weapon in the fight against cancer. Many cancers do not display symptoms at their onset, so screening is important to monitor for warning signs. The Karmanos Screening and Prevention Program offers testing for breast, cervical, lung, colorectal, and additional cancer screening sites in Detroit, Farmington Hills, Roseville, Maumee, Ohio and at each of the Karmanos Cancer Network locations throughout McLaren Health Care. In addition, Karmanos offers genetic counseling for patients throughout the network.

For more details on the Screening and Prevention Program and a screening location near you, visit www.karmanos.org/cancerscreening.