Cancer death rates have fallen 33% since 1991, according to a recent report in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. The decrease comes from a drop in smoking, an increase in early detection and advanced cancer treatments per the report.
The five-year relative survival rate for all cancers combined has increased from 49% for diagnoses in the mid-1970s to 68% for diagnoses during 2012-18. Furthermore, the cancer types that now have the highest survival rates are thyroid at 98%, prostate at 97%, testis at 95% and melanoma at 94%. However, some cancers are rising. New cases of breast, uterine and prostate cancer are “of concern” according to the report.
It is vital we see our doctors on a regular basis to detect for any cancers and other medical conditions as soon as possible. Insurances pay for annual wellness check ups. Have you scheduled your check up for this year?