Cancer Death Rates Down For Wealthy Regions, Up For Poor Areas

Cancer death rates rose almost 50 percent, while wealthier areas had rates cut almost in half.

Hyperthermia basically heats the area of the cancerous cells to a temperature high enough to kill cancer cells.

"The study was able to identify clusters of high rates of change among USA counties, which is important for providing data to inform the debate on prevention, access to care, and appropriate treatment".

Six of top 10 counties with the lowest rates were in Colorado ski country. But based on previous research, the authors say that inadequate prevention programs-and higher rates of smoking, obesity, and other unhealthy habits-in certain regions can explain at least part of the results. Between 1980 and 2014, the period evaluated in the study, Broward had the nation's greatest rise in death rates from cervical cancer but also one of the biggest drops in death rate from brain and nervous system cancer.

"We need to continue to advocate for increased federal funding for cancer research". Others show promise in providing immunity to parts of the virus that will destroy or stop cancer cells from growing. The findings, published January 23 in the journal Cancer, highlight the need to understand the risks associated with cervical cancer in older and black women and determine both the best screening and treatment options for these women.

Dr. Kunle Odunsi of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, an internationally known expert on women's cancers, offers his perspective on this new evidence.

Moreover, the way health care is delivered is also a problem, he said. As the world's leading organization of its kind, ASCO represents more than 40,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer.


In some cases, people are dying from cancers that are curable, "so we know they are not getting access to quality care", said Basch, who co-authored an editorial that accompanied the study.

"You can not change something unless you are able to measure it, so we wanted people in these communities, poor or rich, to have their numbers", says Mokdad.

Every year in the United States the human papillomavirus, commonly referred to as HPV, causes 30,700 cancers in men and women, yet according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the HPV vaccination can prevent about 28,000 of those cancers from occurring.

"Unfortunately, in many cases, the impetus is going to be on the patient to be proactive, because nobody is doing it for them", Basch said. By comparison, the death rate from lung cancer in Miami-Dade was about 34 of every 100,000 people.

Between 1980 and 2014, more than 19 million Americans died of cancer. In a new study, however, researchers found that the death rate of cervical cancer in the United States is considerably higher than previously thought.

"In these areas, obesity is very high".

  • Sylvester Abbott