Cancer Death Rate Declines in U.S. for 25th Straight Year
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A report published earlier this month by the American Cancer Society reveals a promising trend in the fight against cancer.
The study shows that the rate of people dying from various forms of cancer in the U.S. has dropped for 25 straight years.
Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center says there are several reasons for the decline:
• Cancer Prevention Efforts – Fewer people are using tobacco; the CDC reports smoking is now down to 14 percent, compared to 40 percent in the mid-1960s. We also have increased awareness of sun protection; and vaccinations that can be used to prevent some viral induced-cancers
• Cancer Detection – We’re doing a better job of catching cancer earlier. Scripps MD Anderson has a full range of advanced screening and diagnostic technology, to aid in early and accurate detection.
• We offer free breast, cervical and prostate cancer screenings to those w/ little or no insurance
• Advances in Treatments – Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center offers access to MD Anderson’s renowned treatment protocols and standards of care, right here in San Diego.
• Examples of advances in recent years include immunotherapies, targeted therapies, and more precise radiation therapy. We’re now able to manage some cancers like a chronic disease.
The overall trend is down – but death rates for some forms of cancer are rising, correct?
• Yes – Death rates from liver, pancreas and uterus cancers are rising. We’re not entirely sure why, but we know there’s an association with obesity, which is a major concern across our population.
• Obesity is one more factor we can take on – just like the generation before us took on tobacco.