Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island
Between 1991 and 2014, the cancer death rate has decreased steadily by an astounding 25%, which equals about 2.1 million people whom did not die due to their diagnosis. These statistics are credited to the annual statistics reporting from the American Cancer Society, who also report that around 1.6 million new cancer cases, and 600,000 deaths from cancer are projected for the year 2017 in the United States.
Among the most common deathly cancers, lung, colorectal, prostate, and breast cancer continue to account for about 46% of total deaths by cancer among men and women. That is one out of every four cancer deaths due to lung cancer. Breast cancer alone is expected to account for 30% of all new cancer cases among women in 2017. Early detection and prevention is critical to seeing the cancer death rates continue to decrease. Colonoscopies have become more common as a routine screening, which has resulted in a visibly large decline in new colorectal cancer cases. In 2000, only 21% of adults 50 years and older had a colonoscopy, whereas in 2015, that percentage rose to 60%. As early detection and prevention methods are improved, the better the chances are of seeing cancer death rates continue to decrease.
Please reach out to your medical professionals and schedule your annual appointments for screenings and check-ups. Early detection plays a crucial role in preventing cancer deaths. Be aware of your body, and take notice of any changes that may be occurring that are unusual or bothersome; taking action now can have a positive effect on your future.
This information is courtesy of The American Cancer Society, and can be found on www.cancer.org. For advice and guidance on cancer related topics, please call our 24/7 Patient Services Center at 1-800-227-2345. You are also welcome to stop into your local American Cancer Society Office at 583 Tallwood Street Ste. 101, off Elkcam Circle, across from the Marco Island Post Office.
This is an ongoing series of columns dedicated to informing the Marco Island community about the American Cancer Society, the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health concern by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. The Marco Island American Cancer Society office is located at 583 Tallwood St., Suite 101 and is open daily from 9 AM-5 PM. For more information about volunteering or any of the events mentioned in this column please contact Sue Olszak or Lisa Honig at 239-642-8800 ext. 3890.