Rate of new cancer cases finally inching down

2008-11-29 17:53:00 (GMT) (Caymanmama.com - Health News News)

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“Report to the Nation” shows overall rate of new cancer cases has finally begun to decrease

Des Moines, Iowa (CaymanMama.com) — More positive news comes from the health world as Tuesday’s annual “Report to the Nation” on cancer showed a small but hopeful change: the overall rate of new cancer cases has finally begun to decrease.

The rate of new diagnoses in men dropped 1.8 percent a year between 2001 and 2005. In addition, deaths as a result of cancer has also been dropping incrementally each year, partly due to modern technology’s early detection methods and advancements in medicine leading to effective treatment of cancer.

In women, the drop was just over half a percent a year.

According to the Associated Press, “the cancer death rate among men and women continued to drop, by an average of 1.8 percent a year through 2005, said the report published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.”

The progress has been noticed primarily in some of the leading cancers including prostate, colorectal, breast and lung cancer (in men). However, many other types of cancer are still on the rise like melanoma and kidney cancer.

Dr. Louis Weiner, director of Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center said, “We’ve had some hard-won gains. To slow down progress when we’re so close to a fundamental understanding of cancer biology that we need to really made advances is really tragic.”

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