Posted by: shoji | October 15, 2007

Reduced cancer deaths

Overall cancer death rates have been declining in the USA every year since 1993.

In addition to the major advances in cancer therapies (such as advancements in surgical techniques and new drugs), great strides are being made in “mundane improvements” as reported in the NYT.

This is a good time to reinforce that improvements in health care can emerge along the spectrum of basic science to clinical development to technology infrastructure (i.e., electronic medical records) to policy, among others. At times, advances such as patient education and screening have measurably greater impact on absolute numbers of patients helped.

Cancer Death Rates

U.S. Cancer Death Rates Are Found to Be Falling – New York Times
Much of the progress comes not from miracle cures, but from more mundane improvements in prevention, early detection and treatment of some of the leading causes of cancer death — lung, colorectal, breast and prostate tumors. Years of nagging and pleading by health officials are finally beginning to pay off, experts say, in smoking cessation and increased use of mammograms, colonoscopies and other screening tests for colorectal and prostate cancer.

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Responses

  1. I really enjoyed reading your topic about the reduction of cancer rates in the U.S. Since I am in the medical field, and cancer is my specialty, I enjoy seeing other people trying to educate the masses on the importance of what is going on in the field of cancer.

    If you get a chance, check out my site and let me know what you think as well. http://www.cancergeek.com

    Andrew
    aka: CancerGeek


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