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Increase in Cancer Diagnoses Means More People Need Cancer Care

From: National Cancer Institute Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences: Estimated and projected number of cancer survivors in the U.S. from 1975 to 2040.

by David Tatman, Executive Director of the Mercy Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center – Dubuque

In January 2019, the American Cancer Society released the results of a study that found that the death rate from cancer in the U.S. decreased by 27% between 1991 and 2016. The study also showed that while decreased smoking rates and early detection through screenings have contributed to the decline in people dying from cancer, the number of cancer cases being diagnosed is actually on the rise. The reasons for this increase in diagnoses include a larger aging population, obesity rates, and alcohol use.

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