Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Cancer rates are down! But....

There are some interesting facts cited in a recent report from leading health and cancer organizations.  For men, incidence of new diagnosis rates have declined for cancers of the prostate, lung, oral cavity, stomach, brain, colon and rectum.  Cancer death rates are also down for each of these cancers.
New cases of Melanoma in men increased 3.1%.  And the death rate is up 2.0%
In women, incidence rates decreased for breast, colorectal, uterine, ovarian, cervical and oral cavity cancers.
New cases of Melanoma in women rose 3.0%.  And while the death rate of the other cancers improved, for women, the death rate remained unchanged…no improvement.
This data backs up the need to increase public awareness of Melanoma and Skin Cancer.  Protecting oneself from the sun with clothing or sunscreen; placing tougher restrictions on tanning beds; and encouraging annual skin exams by a dermatologist…these are the steps of which the general public needs to be more aware.
Please spread the word!

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