Annual Cancer Report To The Nation

Annual Cancer Report To The Nation - Annual Cancer Report To The Nation

The rate of death from cancer in the United States continues to decline for most major cancers. This decline began in the early 1990s, and is still declining with the latest report, for almost all cancers.

"The continuing drop in cancer mortality over the past two decades is reason to cheer," said John R. Seffrin, PhD, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society. "The challenge we now face is how to continue those gains in the face of new obstacles, like obesity and HPV infections. We must face these hurdles head on, without distraction, and without delay, by expanding access to proven strategies to prevent and control cancer."

One cancer group that is showing a rise in cancer cases is HPV related cancers. HPV related cancers include cervical cancer, vaginal cancer, penile cancer, anal cancer, and oral cancer. While cervical cancer rates are decreasing, HPV related cancers are increasing overall, likely resulting in the changes of sexual practices over the past 30 to 40 years.

"This is one of the epidemics of the 21st century," says Otis Brawley, chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society, a co-sponsor of the report. "This is a huge problem."

For More information on Oral Cancer and HPV, attend one of the OralID webinar: Sex, Drugs & Oral Cancer.

Source: American Cancer Society (

Source: Jemal et al, JNCI J Natl Cancer Inst first published online January 7, 2013, Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975–2009, Featuring the Burden and Trends in Human Papillomavirus (HPV)–Associated Cancers and HPV Vaccination Coverage Levels

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