By Waleska Oporta
“The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer brings great news to the US population for this New Year. The report reveals that cancer, the 2nd cause of death among Americans, continues its steady decline in numbers.
“According to this new study revealed on Monday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, death rates have decreased an average of 1.8% per year for all the most common types of cancer, including lung, colon, breast, and prostate. The rapid fall in the percentage of smokers in the US from a 40% of the population, to only a 20% is perhaps the direct responsible for making possible a substantial drop in the number of losses caused by some forms of this disease, such as lung cancer.
“But there’s a catch. New or rare types of cancer emerge as a direct result of the sedentary lifestyle that has taken over the US in recent decades. Cancer threats have increased in numbers since 2000 as new cases of pancreas, kidney, skin and plasma cell cancers arise. Risk factors include lack of physical activity, obesity and the human papillomavirus or HPV. This last factor worries the medical sector as the number of immunizations being applied to young people is far from reaching the 80% immunization goal that the Federal Government has proposed by 2020. Also, cancer occurrences in children up to 14 years of age escalated in 0.6 % per year. This discovery calls for further funding and research as new challenges are faced in the battle against cancer.
““The continuing drop in cancer mortality over the past two decades is reason to cheer. The challenge we now face is how to continue those gains in the face of new obstacles, like obesity and HPV infections. We must face these hurdles head on, without distraction, and without delay, by expanding access to proven strategies to prevent and control cancer.” commented John R. Seffrin, PhD, CEO of the .
“Although there is still a long way to go in the struggle to eradicate cancer, a rising awareness of risk factors among society members, new scientific developments to find effective treatments and the commitment from Governmental and Medical Institutions are making a sizable difference in the impact of this disease in American Society.
“Nevertheless, the expectation of lowering cancer deaths looks brighter and although progress is being made, prevention initiatives continue to pave the way in the fight against cancer in the United States.