January 2012

Cancer Screening Rates Not Meeting Established Targets

More work needs to be done to get the word out about the importance of cancer screenings.

Troubling statistics have come out from a report from the National Cancer Institute and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The percentage of the American population isn't living up to national targets. What's more, the percentage of Hispanic and Asian groups are even worse for cancer screening.

For example, the national screening target rate set in Healthy People 2020, a national health plan, is 81 percent. Yet, the actual breast screening rates are much lower than that; they're just slightly over 72 percent. Actual cervical cancer screening rates overall are 83 percent compared to the target of 93 percent. Colorectal cancer screening fares quite poorly as well, with a 58.6 screening rate compared to the target screening rate of nearly 71 percent.

New Cancer Report Issued by the American Cancer Society

The number of people dying from cancer has been dropping.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has released a new report on cancer in the United States. The report indicates that as a nation will are making strides in fighting the good fight against cancer.

In particular, the number of people dying from cancer has been dropping. Since 1990, the overall mortality rates have dropped roughly 23 percent for men and 15 percent for women. What's more, the number of deaths have been decreasing for four of our nations most common cancers, which are breast, lung, prostate, and colon. Today, three out of four of these types of cancers have cancer screening methods in place that leads to promising earlier detection and treatment. Both of which help to reduce mortality rates.