Mortality rate for cancer patients have remained the same in the US or has even decreased

According to a new report, the mortality rate of people diagnosed within the U.S. has remained unchanged or has decreased among men and women.

Recinda Sherman, an author of the new report from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) in Springfield, Illinois, said “For the main cancers, it’s really pretty much good news, incidence and mortality is decreasing.”

The report highlights that for the first time it breaks breast cancer into precise groups based on how it responds to hormones, Ahmedin Jemal said, the vice president of surveillance and health service research at the American Cancer Society (ACS).

The category of breast cancer, largely dictates which management approach doctors will advocate, he answered Reuters Health by phone interview,  “This is really a nutshell, what is special about this annual report to the nation.”

Sherman said, “This is an assessment of the burden of subtypes and in the future we’ll be able to look at these trends and see what’s going up and what’s going down.”

She added that the report can deliver assistance on where to pinpoint resources to instruct the public. She set the so-called triple-negative breast cancer, also identified as the most aggressive type, represents about 13 percent of breast cancers for all women, but represents about 23 percent of breast cancers among black women.

Because triple-negative breast cancer is unlikely to be detected by mammography, Sherman said there may be occasions to target black women about that specific type of breast cancer.

Published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the analysis is the latest in a series of annual reports on cancer compiled by the NAACCR since 1998, the National Cancer Institute, ACS and the Centers for Disease control and Prevention.

Decreases over the past 20 years in the number of new cases of several of the major cancers were diagnosed among men, which includes stomach, prostate, throat , colon, brain and lung cancers, were uncovered by the organizations. There was also a marked decrease in oral, colon, cervix ovarian and stomach cancers among women.

On the whole, a  1.8 percent cancer diagnoses decrease each year between 2007 and 2011 was noted among men, but remained stable among women.

Children cancer diagnosis rates continue to rise at about 0.8 percent yearly over the last decade, which is a development that has persisted since 1992.

However, overall death rates for children and adults, from cancer decreased.

 

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