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Date: 01/08/2007    Written by: Jon Barron

Cancer Rates Announced As Declining

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The American Cancer Society has just announced that the number of Americans who died of cancer has dropped for a second straight year, marking a milestone in the war on the disease. The trend was driven by drops in deaths from three of the four major forms of cancer -- breast, prostate and colorectal -- and a decline in deaths among men from the fourth, lung cancer. According to researchers, it was caused by a combination of factors, including a decrease in cigarette smoking among men, wider screening for colon, prostate and breast cancer, and better treatments.

That deaths from cancer are down is certainly good news. I'm just not sure that the medical community can take that much credit for it.

The reduction in lung cancer deaths results from a reduction in cigarette smoking. Lawyers are probably more responsible for that than medical doctors. And by the way, is it just my imagination or has Hollywood once again embraced cigarettes as "sexy" and "in"? Doesn't it seem that more and more younger stars are smoking in films again? If so, you can look for deaths from lung cancer to start climbing again in 15-20 years as young adults start paying the price of emulating their favorite celebrities.

As for breast cancer, we've already explored the fact in a previous blog that much of the reduction is the result of doctors finally realizing that they were killing women with synthetic hormone replacement therapy.

As for the decrease in colon cancer, that may have more to do with changes in lifestyle than with advances in medical treatment. For example, the same reduction in smoking that's responsible for the drop in lung cancer deaths may play a role in the drop in colon cancer deaths. Other factors could include the food industry's jumping onboard the fiber bandwagon several years ago and the Omega-3 fatty acid tidal wave now sweeping America. In fact, the increased consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids may play a significant role in the reduction of all cancers.

And then there's prostate cancer. Increased use of Omega-3 fatty acids plays a role here too, as does the increased use of antioxidants such as lycopene (which is so ubiquitous now you can even find it in mainstream products such One-A Day Vitamins for men) and green tea extract.

The bottom line is that it is far more likely that any reduction in deaths from cancer is more attributable to lifestyle changes than to better "screening" and "treatments." In fact, it is worth noting that many of these "treatments" have very significant long term health consequences.

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    Submitted by Janie on
    March 9, 2007 - 12:22pm

    I want to share the cancer I had. It was carcinoma colorectal cancer. In the year 2000 I was diagnosed with cancer. I had 3 surgeries in one, they removed 11'inches of the colon from the rectum up and then moved the colon to the left side of my abdomen(ostomy)stoma,on my outer skin where the bowels will descend. then of course sowed my rectum up. Very intense, permanent colostomy. But I want to thank My Lord Jesus Christ for healing me,I am Cancer Free 7 years as of March 08,2007.And I want to thank all my family and friends for praying for me too.
    Just wanted to share with all of you I was 41 years old.I was the youngest in Corpus Christi,Texas

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    Submitted by Edwin on
    September 11, 2007 - 5:00pm

    I read this blog. I realised that the details of the number of cancer deaths came from the. American Cancer Society.

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    Submitted by Joel Neville on
    February 3, 2011 - 10:05am

    This is very positive. But for this trend to continue, people really need to remember the basics - eat healthy! We support poeple who are involved within lung cancer and particularly, for those who contracted it by another person/companies negligence; ensure mesothelioma compensation is recieved. May this trend continue!

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