Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Cancer Death Rate in the U.S. Reaches a Milestone

According to a report published earlier this month by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the cancer death rate in the United States has reached a milestone. It has been falling for at least 25 years. Lower smoking rates are translating into fewer deaths, and advances in early detection and treatment are also having a positive impact.

Unfortunately, obesity-related cancer deaths are rising, and prostate cancer deaths are no longer dropping. Of the most common types of cancer in America, all of the ones with increasing death rates are linked to obesity -- including cancers of the pancreas and uterus. Another is liver cancer. Liver cancer deaths have been increasing since the 1970s, and initially most of the increase was tied to hepatitis C infections spread among people who abuse drugs. However, the ACS states that now obesity accounts for a third of liver cancer deaths, and is more of a factor than hepatitis.

Cancer remains the nation’s No. 2 killer (heart disease is the No. 1 killer). The ACS predicts there will be more than 1.7 million new cancer cases in the United States during 2019, and more than 600,000 cancer deaths.

Keep Reaching For Life's Mileposts,

Paul Staso