Dr. Barbara Huggins


November 8, 2007

Cancer -  November 8, 2007Cancer - it's the second leading cause of death in this country. When many patients hear the diagnosis, they assume it is a death sentence. Dr. Mom shares a story about one grateful woman with breast cancer who is alive today because of cutting-edge research.

Each of us has been or will be touched by cancer whether through family, friends, or acquaintances. This devastating disease has far-reaching effects on today’s society. The good news is that cancer death rates are declining, and the decline is beginning to pick up speed.

New data released in the Annual Report to the Nation shows a 2.1 percent decrease in cancer mortality rates between 2002 and 2004. A decline has been found in the most common cancers: breast cancer in women, lung and prostate cancer in men, and colorectal cancer. However, even with cancer death rates declining, there were approximately 1.4 million cancer deaths in 2006.

Research has helped to spur the decrease in cancer death rates. Continued research is needed to keep the cancer death rate spiraling in a downward path.

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