Cancer rates in the US have been dropping steadily for 25 years, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society. The report estimates 1.8 million new cancer cases and more than 600,000 deaths this year.
The study from the American Cancer Society found there were approximately 2.6 million fewer cancer deaths in the US since reaching a peak of 215 deaths per 100,000 people. Poor counties in particular lag behind, and for some cancers the gap is widening, Siegel noted.
In the early 1970s, colon cancer death rates in the poorest counties were 20 percent lower than those in affluent counties; now they're 35 percent higher. As Quartz has written previously, this is largely a positive trend that shows the benefits of access to health care and advances in treatments. Poverty is also associated with lower rates of routine cancer screening, later stage at diagnosis, and a lower likelihood of getting the best treatment. "We have seen this in MA and Washington, D.C.", she said. "Health literacy is an issue", Siegel said.
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Poor people face so many problems just living day-to-day. Diagnosis and treatment of cancer at older ages are often complicated by other medical conditions. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city will expand health coverage to an estimated 600,000 residents now without insurance, The Washington Post reported.
"Such as having colonoscopies, such as Well-Woman exams for cervical cancer, making sure you're monitoring obesity and dropping our tobacco rates".
Between 1990 and 2016, deaths from lung cancer among men dropped 48 percent, and deaths from breast cancer among women decreased 40 percent. This group is also estimated to account for 17%, or 103,250, of cancer deaths as well. Pancreatic cancer deaths rose slightly among men.
The data also showed that a disparity in death rates between black and white cancer patients appeared to be closing.
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The prostate cancer death rate flattened from 2013 to 2016. "There were 114 cases under the age of 50 (in the study), and there are some 16,000 cases a year of colorectal cancer of people under the age of 50 in the U.S.", Weber said. Among men, the prostate cancer-related death rate decreased 51% from 1993 to 2016. Ortner also credits a decline in smoking.
Paskett pointed out that "we have made great strides".
A total of 1,762,450 new cancer cases and 606,880 deaths from cancer are expected to occur in the USA in 2019.
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