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US Cancer Death Rate Falling

Posted 7/6/2015

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  This is clearly important and popular news, and I apologize for making a rather short entry and not giving it the full respect it deserves. We are at our cottage in Maine, and have had a delicious day with a 6 mile hike/climb in in the morning and then a two hour kayak paddle in the afternoon. I feel it everywhere: legs from the morning and shoulders from the afternoon. However, I obviously can't blame a briefer entry on muscle soreness. I can blame it on a pretty terrible internet connection. While I have been tying these few lines, the whole connection has filed several times, and I am losing patience.

The CDC has just announced that the risk of any one American dying from any kind of Cancer (meaning the cancer death rate) is declining although the total number of people dying from cancer is rising--that is due to our aging population. As hard as it is to believe when you look around our waiting rooms or treatment areas, cancer is supposed to be mostly an illness (well, many illnesses) related to aging.

  So, here is the start and then a link to read more, and I am hopeful that the internet will be more cooperative tomorrow. (Although, in all honesty, I am willing to trade off the efficiency of the internet for the beauty of this  spot and s'mores for dessert last night):

Americans' Risk of Dying From Cancer Is Falling, CDC Finds

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The risk that any one American will die from cancer -- the cancer death rate -- is going down, regardless of sex or race, a new government study reports.

However, because the United States has a growing aging population, the overall number of people dying from cancer is on the rise, officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

"While we are making progress in reducing cancer death rates, we still have real work to do to reduce cancer deaths among our aging population," said lead researcher Mary White, a scientist in the CDC's division of cancer prevention and control.

Between 2007 and 2020, cancer deaths are expected to rise more than 10 percent among men and black women, the report found. Among white women, the number of cancer deaths will start to stabilize, increasing less than 5 percent during this period, according to the CDC researchers.

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