Cancer Report Shows 25% Decline in Cancer Death Rates Since 1991

Friday, January 6, 2017
The Washington Post (1/5, McGinley) reports the American Cancer Society released its Cancer Statistics 2017 report, showing that cancer death rates are down 25% in the US from the 1991 peak, which it attributes “largely to reductions in smoking and improvements in the early detection and treatment of cancer.” Meanwhile men have a 20% higher rate than women and the mortality rate from cancer is 40% higher for men than women. That is explained by the greater incidence of lethal cancers in men, specifically liver cancer, and “cancers of the esophagus, larynx and bladder.” Overall, the most common cancers in men are “lung, colorectal and prostate,” while for women they are “lung, breast and colorectal cancers.” Black Americans also have a 15% higher cancer death rate than whites.

SBI, ACR Cheer Government’s Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Radiology leaders are hailing the breast cancer screening guidelines recently adopted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which require private insurers to cover regular mammograms for women ages 40 and older, who have an average risk of developing breast cancer, with no copay.