As the month of April brings cancer control into focus, it’s a great time to increase public understanding of screening and prevention of cancer, advances in treatment and support for cancer patients, and resources that offer updated cancer control information throughout the year.

For 2008* the American Cancer Society (ACS) reported the following estimates for cancer death in the United States: “This year, about 565,650 Americans are expected to die of cancer, more than 1,500 people a day. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US, exceeded only by heart disease. In the US, cancer accounts for 1 of every 4 deaths.” The ACS also estimates that for men and women combined, the number of new cancer diagnoses will be close to 1,400,000.[1] Although these numbers are staggering, progress is in fact being made in cancer control: The ACS has also reported that cancer incidence stabilized for men between 1995 and 2004 and for women between 1999 and 2004. Furthermore, a 2008 report cited fewer cancer-related deaths in men since 1990 and in women since 1991 (in 2004, cancer death rates had decreased by 18.4% among men since 1990 and by 10.5% among women since 1991).[2]

With significant numbers of cancer deaths and new diagnoses projected for 2008 along with disease stabilization rates showing the efficacy of control measures, the case is strong for increased awareness of advances in screening, prevention, and treatment, as well as lifestyle choices (such as diet and exercise) that may prevent cancer and reduce recurrence risk. The following resources offer updated information on cancer control throughout the year:

  • To find expanded information on prevention, screening, and treatment of cancer in general or for a certain form of cancer and stay updated with the lasted news, disease information, and access to online communities, stayed tuned to www.cancerconsultants.com and explore disease-specific and general cancer information.
  • If you’re concerned about prevention and risk for specific cancers, visit https://patient.cancerconsultants.com/CancerTips.aspx to view a comprehensive listing of cancer tips by disease.
  • For a complete list of general tips, including information on cancer prevention, early detection, and choices you can make to improve your prognosis if you are diagnosed, see General Cancer Tips.
  • Sign up to receive Cancer Consultants’ free periodic cancer newsletters, which provide disease-specific features, current news, tips, and nutrition and wellness information. Subscribe at https://patient.cancerconsultants.com/MemberCenter.aspx/.
  • Visit the Cancer Store on Cancerconsultants.com for book titles with topics ranging from personal cancer memoirs to expert nutritional guides about fueling your body to prevent and fight cancer.
  • Women&Cancer magazine covers cancer concerns—including prevention, management, survivorship, and caregiving—and how these issues impact women specifically. Sign up for a free one-year subscription at www.womenandcancermag.com.

* The ACS states on their Web site (www.cancer.org) that “publication of Cancer Facts & Figures 2009 has been delayed due to the late release of the US final mortality data by the National Center for Health Statistics.”

References:

[1] The American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2008. https://www.cancer.org/docroot/STT/content/STT_1x_Cancer_Facts_and_Figures_2008.asp?from=fast. Accessed March 2009.

[2] Jemel, A., Siegel, R., Ward, E., et al. Cancer Statistics, 2008. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. 2008. doi: 10.3322/CA.2007.0010.

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