top ten deadly cancers: death rates and incidence

The next time someone suggests or tells you about a breast cancer campaign with tacky slogans about breast cancer, ask them if they know what the incidence or the death rate is from breast cancer in the US alone. Chances are, they will not be able to answer the question. In fact, they might be one of those who, like I wrote yesterday, think that breast cancer is not a serious cancer or that it does not kill anyone any longer.

Do you know the numbers? You should if you want to get the message across to that audience of people who think that breast cancer is more about the slogans and the pink merchandise than it is about the disease. Here are the statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that you can recite or hand out on a flier. Maybe seeing breast cancer among the other cancers will strike a chord.

Age-Adjusted Cancer Death Rates for the 10 Primary Sites

Rates are per 100,000 persons and are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population (19 age groups – Census P25-1130).

Age-Adjusted Invasive Cancer Incidence Rates for the 10 Primary Sites

Rates are per 100,000 persons and are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population (19 age groups – Census P25-1130).

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3 responses to “top ten deadly cancers: death rates and incidence

  1. The huge increase in incidence is because of the campaigns getting your Mammogram. They should STOP doing that. Early detection doesn’t save many lifes. It makes cancer patients from healthy persons (because of diagnosing something that would never have been lethal or…….. could have been diagnosed somewhat later without becoming móre lethal).

    The seriousness is about the number about death in breast cancer. That almost didn’t change. Finding the agressive and lethal breast cancer is the real issue. Leave the ‘sheeps’ and ‘poodles’ and focus on the ‘woolfs’.

    What we need is to focus on curing metastatic breastcancer. How can we determine which breast cancer is lethal? And…. how come some lethal cancers can be cured and others can’t.

    If all the raised money would be spent on this type of research, we can hope that one day the numbers of death by breast cancer really get down.

  2. Note the incidence of Thyroid cancer. When I had it in 1981 there were about 10,000-12,000 cases annually in the US. This year there will be around 50,000 cases. While rarely fatal if caught earlier it leaves patients with a chronic condition of life without a thyroid.

  3. Great data Donna! Thanks.
    XOXOXO,
    Brenda

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