Cancer Report Shows Decline in Certain Cancers but Not All - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/25/08

Cancer Report Shows Decline in Certain Cancers but Not All

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The National Cancer Institute has published its annual cancer report.  The good news is that the three most common cancers among men are lung, colon, and prostate cancer which have all decreased.  There is good news for women is breast and colon cancer are on the decline.  That is where the good news ends.  The report shows that numerous cancers are on the rise like kidney, melanoma, and certain lymphomas-continuing that affect both men and women.

Dr. Len Lichtenfeld of the American Cancer Society, says, "Clearly this is a starting point of a long journey.  This is not a war that is going to be won overnight or won tomorrow or next week or whatever with one big breakthrough.  It's a series of a lot of smaller breakthroughs over time".

Cigarettes are still considered the single largest cause of cancer in the United States.  California, which is leading the way in tobacco control, is showing a substantial drop in smoking death rates compared to other states where smoking is still common.

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