Cancer Report From the National Institutes of Health - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/15/07

Cancer Report From the National Institutes of Health

Americans are beating cancer in record numbers. Even the number of Americans diagnosed with cancer is down a little. All of that is good news.

In a new report from the National Institutes of Health the findings show increased survival rates for major cancers including lung, colorectal, prostate, and breast cancer. The N.I.H. says the credit goes to more emphasis on prevention, stronger methods of detection, and better treatment options.

The bad news is that minorities are not celebrating these survival rates as much. This includes American Indians and Alaskan natives.

"We still have major differences among different groups of people. There are still disparities in how well patients are going." said Dr. Edward J. Benz Jr., an Oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

There are still concerns that after years of increased community health screenings, the effort is not as frequent now and there is also a drop in research funding. Health experts say that could bring an end to the declining death rate, unless changes are made.

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