A recent report from the nation’s leading cancer organizations shows that
death rates from all cancers for American men and women continued to
decline between 2000 and 2009. The findings come from the latest Annual
Report to the Nation on the Status a/Cancer.
Edward Benz Jr., MD, says that while
improvements are needed, the results
are encouraging. “People are surviving
more and we are getting better at preventing
some cancers,” said Benz. “But
we’re not taking advantage of all the
ways to detect cancers at an early stage when they can be the most curable.”
The overall cancer incidence rate decreased for men and remained stable for
women. While cancer incidence rates among children age 14 or younger
increased slightly (0.6 percent each year from 1992 through 2009), overall death
rates for cancer among children have steadily declined since at least 1975.
Noting that there is plenty of work to be done to continue this trend, Benz
said that the good news is that prevention strategies such as vaccinations for
human papillomavirus (HPV) can have a big effect on incidence and death
rates. “Many of the things that are still a problem in these statistics can be
changed,” said Benz.
Courtesy of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute