Cancer death rates continue to decline!

One of not many positive news from cancer research area is that the cancer death rates continue to decrease. This is show to be true for men, women, and children for all major ethnic and race groups. The latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer was collecting information from the year of 1975 to 2014. The report show that death rates decreased for eleven of the fifteen most common types of cancer in men from 2002 til 2010 and also decreased for thirteen of the eighteen most common types of cancer in women. We can see how not every type of cancer has a decrease in death rate. The most dangerous cancer types today still remain liver cancer, pancreas, and brain cancer in men and uterine cancer as well as liver cancer in women.

Cancer is still one of the most common severe diseases in the 21st century

It is also important to note that the five-year long survival for cancers diagnosed in between the ages of 2006 and the year 20120 increased significantly for all cancer types but two: cervix cancer and uterus cancer. The greatest increases were seen in kidney cancer and leukemia.

Fro 2006 til 2010 the types of cancer with the lowest five-year relative survival were pancreas cancer (with only 8.5 percent five year relative survival), liver cancer ( with 18.1 percent of five year survival), lung cancer ( with only 18.7 percent), esophagus cancer (20.5 percent), stomach (31.1 percent) and brain (35 percent of five year relative survival)

The types of cancer with the highest percentage of five year relative survival are: prostate cancer (as high as 99.3 percent!), thyroid cancer (98.3 percent), melanoma (93.2 percent) and female breast (90.8 percent).

This Report to the Nation is actually released every year. It is led by the American Cancer Society with the help of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).


US study estimates the number of women who are living with metastatic breast cancer

There are so many studies around breast cancer, or cancer in global in the last years since it’s  a burning health problem in the 21st century.

All the conducted studies and test do show that the number of women who suffer from metastatic breast cancer is growing every year. At least in the US. Also, metastatic breast cancers has show itself to be the most severe form of disease among women today. The research itself has shown that in January of 2017 year more than 150 000 women in the US have been living with MBC (Metastatic breast cancer disease) and the number is growing every year.


But, not everything is as black as this conclusion. Researchers think how the main reason for more women to develop this kind of disease is the consequence of the aging of the US population since the older women are more likely to develop any kind of cancer, as well as the breast cancer.

Also, 15 years ago (Research taken place from 1992 to 1994) have shown that back then only around 12% of women suffering from metastatic breast cancer were believed to live over 5 years after having it diagnosed. In 2012. more that 36% of those women were believed to live more that 5 years after the diagnose and the percentage number is growing every month! This is especially true for younger women. Researches also predict  that the number of women surviving more than 5 years after the diagnose will increase by 31 percent from 2010 to 2020. Then it will be at 67 percent!

Angela Mariotto, Ph. D, from the NCI

This research was conducted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The study was led by Angela Mariotto, Ph.D. She is the chief of the Data Analytics Branch of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the NCI.