The two annual reports from the American Cancer Society that are the basis for clinical, treatment, and legislative decisions concerning cancer treatment and prevention were published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians on Jan. 17, 2013.
The two reports Cancer Facts & Figures 2013 and its companion article, Cancer Statistics 2013 report that cancer death rates decreased from their peak of 215.1 per 100,000 in 1991 to 173.1 per 100,000 in 2009
According to the study, a total of 1,660,290 new cancer cases and 580,350 cancer deaths are projected to occur in the United States in 2013. Among men, cancers of the prostate, lung and bronchus, and colorectum will account for half of all newly diagnosed cancers; prostate cancer alone will account for 28% (238,590) of incident cases in men. Among women, the three most commonly diagnosed types of cancer in 2013 will be breast, lung and bronchus, and colorectum, accounting for about half of all cases. Breast cancer alone is expected to account for 29% (232,340) of all new cancer cases among women.
Cancers of the lung and bronchus, prostate, and colorectum in men and cancers of the lung and bronchus, breast, and colorectum in women continue to be the most common causes of cancer death. These four cancers account for almost half of the total cancer deaths among men and women. In 2013, lung cancer is expected to account for 26% of all female cancer deaths and 28% of all male cancer deaths.
The reports further indicate that while cancer deaths have decreased people are still living with active cancer for longer periods of time due to better and more sophisticated treatment. The cost of this treatment is in large part financed by taxpayers both from the treatment end and from the research end.
The reports were reviewed at the Eureka Alert website on the date of publication.