The year of 2017 starts with great news for humanity. A new report discovered that cancer had started its least harmful period since 1991. The cancer death cases are 25% fewer since the early 1990s. The American Cancer Society created the report, and the organization was happy to announce that the situation will continue to remain under the same promising circumstances for the rest of the year.
The report collected data from cancer death cases that happened recently. Based on these facts, the paper succeeded to make some estimations too. So it is that 1.7 million of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and around 600,000 patients will succumb to this disease. Rebecca Siegel, one of the authors of the report, stated that this event is due to the amelioration of the four major types of cancer. These are lung, breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers that made fewer victims than before.
The nation’s restored health seemed to draw its new strengths from the fact that fewer people are smoking. This habit began to lose its influence from the 1960s. Another important agent of quality health is the improvement of treatments together with newly discovered methods of early detection of cancer.
As a consequence, there were 2 million fewer cancer death cases than it would have been if there were no preventive measures at all. However, the good news is not the same for everybody. Some of the findings of the report reveal the fact that men have weaker chances to get this disease than before. However, they remain more vulnerable to cancer than women. As for women, their chances of being cancer-free have remained the same.
The reason why men are now less likely to be diagnosed with cancer is that the lung, colorectal, and prostate cancers have dropped in number. These three types accounted for 40% of male patients. On the other hand, the 40% of cancer death cases for women are triggered by breast and endometrial cancer. This rate remains steady with no signs of amelioration. The report also found that men are 40% more likely to fall victim to cancer than women.
The study brings good tidings of joy indeed. However, there is much work to be done to eradicate the most dangerous enemy of humankind once and for all. Scientists will continue their research to perfect the existing preventive methods and health care, and even find the cure to cancer.
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