New Colorectal Cancer Cases Dropping in 2010

In 2010, experts predict that 4,400 fewer Americans will be diagnosed with colon and rectal cancer than in 2009. According to new American Cancer Society statistics for 2010, 142,570 people will hear the difficult words, “You have colorectal cancer”, down from 146,970 in 2009. Still, 51,370 families will get painful news when loved ones die from…  Read More

Colonoscopies Not Perfect in Stopping Colorectal Cancer Deaths

The percentage of colorectal cancer deaths prevented by colonoscopy may be overestimated. While still very effective in preventing colorectal cancer and deaths from the disease, limits of the test may be larger than previously thought.  Patients need to know that having colonoscopy does not guarantee that they won’t get colorectal cancer. Experts now say that screening…  Read More

Rates for New Cancers Go Down for the First Time

Led by dropping rates of lung, breast, and colorectal cancer, the incidence rate of all new cancers in the United States is falling for the first time.  While overall cancer death rates have been decreasing since the early 1990’s, this is the first time that rates of new cancer diagnoses are also declining. In the Annual…  Read More

Decreases in Cancer Deaths Limited to Highly-Educated

For people from 25 to 64, U. S. death rates from the four major cancers — lung, breast, prostate, and colorectal — have decreased steadily from the early 1990’s.  However, with a single exception, those declines have been limited to people with at least 12 years of education. For colon and rectal cancer, death rates for…  Read More