As of right now in 2017, a lot is happening in the world we live in and it’s unfortunate that not a lot of it seems to be very good. It is important to take the good with the bad and look on the bright side of things. In the brighter news circulating right now, Cancer rates are the lowest they’ve been in decades. There are a few reasons why this could be, and in general is a huge deal and great news.
Altogether death rates from Cancer in the United States have declined 25% from 1991 to 2014. Steadily dropping about 1.5% annually for both men and women. It’s self explanatory that this is a pretty big advancement and a great one. As Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and has been for a very long time, still anticipating a little over 600,000 Cancer related deaths in total for 2017. The common types of Cancer in the United States are lung, colon, prostate and breast Cancer. Believing that in 2017 42% of men will be diagnosed along with 30% of women.
Even though we are much more technological now and are quickly gaining new sciences and ways of doctoring and keeping people healthy, it would be assumed that because of the waves and radiation from all of the cell phone use would keep it up. But luckily that isn’t quite the case, all in all less Cancer in general is being detected. This is mostly applying for prostate Cancer in men, being less detected mainly due to routine screening not being seen as necessary in fear of over diagnosis. Also obviously and luckily, much less lung Cancer is being found due to many people not smoking anymore or not at all. This is still a huge one but it’s steadily going down. And colonoscopies have been a major factor in decreasing colorectal Cancers, as usage of the procedure has tripled from 2000 to 2015. These procedures can be used to remove precancerous growths, and it’s working with colorectal Cancers being down 3% a year.
This is still a major step forward, being a sign that we can greatly reduce the causes and effects of Cancer and possibly cure it. But for certain, eliminate the death toll and making sure lives aren’t lost from the horrible disease.
Works Cited: Cancer.org