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Saturday, 10 July 2010 22:55

Cancer dropping in U.S., still big problem


According to a 2010 report from the American Cancer Society, even though the incidence of cancer is decreasing in the United States, it is still a major public health problem.


The July 8, 2010 article 'Annual Report: US Cancer Death Rates Still Declining' by the American Cancer Society (ACS) says that the overall rate of cancer deaths fell 21.0% in men, 12.3% in women from 1991 to 2006, a period of fifteen years.

The article states that these two statistics ''¦ translates to about 767,000 cancer deaths that have been avoided since the early 1990s, ACS researchers estimate. The number of new cancer cases is also waning - cancer incidence decreased 1.3% per year among men from 2000 to 2006 and 0.5% per year from 1998 to 2006 among women.'

John R. Seffrin, who is the CEO of the American Cancer Society, comments on the new report. He says, 'This report is yet more proof we are creating a world with more birthdays.'

Seffrin adds, 'We will build on our progress in the fight against cancer through laws and policies that increase access to cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment services, and with a sustained federal investment in research designed to find breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of the most deadly forms of cancer.'

For men, the cancer that occurs most frequently, according to the ACS, are prostate, lung, and colorectal cancers. While for women, the most likely cancers are breast, lung, and colorectal cancers.

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The ACS article states, that four types of cancer (prostate, lung, breast, and colorectal) 'account for half of all cancer deaths among men and women.'

The ACS suggests that early detection techniques for cancer help to reduce the incidences of cancer in both men and women. And, mammographies help women to better fight breast cancer.

Further, colonoscopies help both men and women to detect colorectal cancer. Better health habits, such as less smoking of tobacco products, are helping men to kick lung cancer, too.

The report shows that even though overall cancer rates are declining the picture is not improving for everyone.

It states, 'African-American men have a 14% higher cancer incidence rate and a 34% higher overall cancer death rate compared to white men, according to the report. African-American women are less likely than white women to get cancer, but when they do get it, they're more likely to die from it.'

Page three includes where to find the full 2010 report from the American Cancer Society.



To read the ACS report in full, please go to Cancer Statistics, 2010.

The detailed report, by authors Ahmedin Jemal, Rebecca Siegel, Jiaquan Xu, and Elizabeth Ward (from either the American Cancer Society or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), states, 'The lifetime probability of being diagnosed with an invasive cancer is higher for men (44%) than women (38%) '¦.'

The article (July 7, 2010, doi: 10.3322/caac.20073) is published in the ACS publication Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

It adds, "However, because of the earlier median age of diagnosis for breast cancer compared with other major cancers, women have a slightly higher probability of developing cancer before age 60 years.'





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