Behind the Science: Cancer Facts & Figures 2011

Behind the Science: Cancer Facts & Figures 2011


Hello, I’m doctor Otis Brawley every year
the American Cancer Society publishes cancer statistics for the
United States the 2011 version is available right now the leading cancers it diagnosis for men are prostate, lung, colorectal cancer and urinary bladder cancer leading for
cancers for women in order are breast, lung, colorectal in uterine cancer the most common causes of cancer death
in men are long followed by prostate colorectal
and pancreas and women are lung breast colorectal and pancreas in this slide you see the absolute number people dying
in the United States starting in the mid-nineteen seventies and going onward
to 2007 that is the blue line the redline is how many people we
estimate would have died if the cancer rate of death would have
continued at its 1991 rate something very
important happen in 1991 and that is that the risk death in the
United States started going down indeed in american today has a 17 18 percent lower risk of dying of
cancer then American in 1991 with this estimate the integration of those red up and down lines we estimate that 900,000
Americans did not die between 1991 in 2007 because the institution of cancer
prevention and control are I interventions this is smoking
cessation improvements in treatment improvements
in screening in this like you can see death rates
from cancer for women from 1930 to 2007 you can see in the pink line a decline
in the death rate from breast cancer that
started in the late nineteen eighties indeed the death greater risk of death from
breast cancer for american women has decreased by 34 percent over the
last 25 years you also see in grey there a dramatic
rise in lung cancer death rates among women
are lung cancer death rate among women are
only starting to decline in the last several years this is because men actually started decreasing their smoking rates well
before women did each additional cancer facts & figures
has a special section looking at one particular problem this year we look a cancer disparities
in premature deaths new method to the analysis actually give
us greater insight into cancer disparities this slide shows
us the total number premature deaths that is cancer deaths for people ages 25
to 64 that could have been avoided in 2007 by
eliminating economic in racial disparities more than
60,000 cancer deaths would have been avoided in that year if
there were no economic or racial disparities in cancer in this slide we see the total number
premature deaths that is deaths from cancer for people aged 25 to 64 that could have been avoided in 2007 by
eliminating economic and racial disparities among
african-americans black americans have the highest death
rate of any racial or ethnic group in the United States if blacks had the death rate of the most educated Americans in the United
States 41 percent of deaths actually would have been avoided
if blacks had the white death rate only 20 percent of deaths have been avoided socioeconomic
statuses is actually a much greater driver of the
high death rate among blacks than is race and in of itself this has been a very brief overview of cancer facts & figures assessment of the actual numbers
actually helps us understand what the scientific problems truly are helps us set a scientific agenda also
helps us figure out what policies need to be implemented if
we’re truly going to overcome cancer thank you for listening

2 thoughts on “Behind the Science: Cancer Facts & Figures 2011

  1. Can you tell us why you give us all the unnecessary medication and chemo which kills more than it saves. When we have cannabis and cannabis oil? Never has killed anyone, the most ancient medicine, cures cancer, and much much more! All you big government pharmaceutical companies want is money.. How unfortunate.

  2. I would you point you toward Dr Brawley's book "How We do Harm". He comes just short of calling oncology and urological treatment of prostate cancer quackery.

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