• Are there more incidences of cancer now per capita than, say, a few decades ago?

    Asked by Blue on Thursday, May 17, 2012

    Are there more incidences of cancer now per capita than, say, a few decades ago?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Yes, but most in the field think that is because of better technology for early detection, more successful treatment option, and higher survivor rates, rather than a higher percentage of the population contracting cancer.

      over 4 years ago
    • RuthAnne's Avatar

      I know that different types of cancers are more prevalent now than in the past. Some of this has to do with changing diet. For example, before refrigeration when Americans used to eat a lot of salted and cured meats, there were more incidents of stomach cancer. I'm not sure about the cancer-per-capita figure. You could ask the doctors at www.cancergrace.org. They'd probably know for sure.

      over 4 years ago
    • Brett's Avatar

      This seems like an easy question, finding specific data at:
      http:[email redacted] may be useful.

      over 4 years ago
    • Brett's Avatar

      Sorry the URL above was redacted, the ACS has yearly facts and figures on their web site.

      over 4 years ago
    • workit's Avatar

      Cancer Facts and Figures 2012, published by American Cancer Society. It also has trends in the report starting on pg 25.

      over 4 years ago
    • Chris' Avatar

      I grew up in a farming community and there is a lot of different cancers associated with my age group - we worked the fields to make money during the summers.

      over 4 years ago
    • joyce's Avatar

      Hi Blue! I'm responding to this question and to your question about my husband's response to 5 FU. For some reason I couldn't get the response to that question to open up on the web site.

      At any rate, he did OK with 5 FU. I think the radiation got to him fore than either of the drugs have, and he did miss some of his chemo treatments while getting radiation. He now has two gemzar treatments left and then will be done. He's sleepy tired a lot but otherwise feels pretty good and is working mostly full time.

      I also wanted to tell you that I went to DC last week with PANCAN to advocate for passage of the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act. I learned a lot there, and one of the things I learned was that the incidence of pancreatic cancer, if it continues in the direction it is going now, will increase by 55% between 2010 and 2030. So yes, the incidence is increasing pretty dramatically.

      How are you feeling these days?

      over 4 years ago

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