In 2016, an estimated over 1.5 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and almost 600,000 people will die from the disease.
On the veterinary side, there are approximately 65 million dogs and 32 million cats in the United States, with roughly 6 million new cancer diagnoses made in each dogs and cats annually.
Although we often see ourselves in the veterinary world as "catching up" to the human side, veterinary cancer medicine has actually co-evolved with human cancer medicine. November is Pet Cancer Awareness month, which is always a good time to reflect upon our progress and standing as a profession. The following provides a (rather) abbreviated overview of where we started, where we are, and where we've still yet to go.