Did you know that by 2030, it is predicted that the number of new cancer cases will increase by 75% of what it is now.That means every day more and more people are being diagnosed with cancer. More cases are diagnosed today than it was 20 years ago. No, let me say not 20 years ago, 50 years ago.The American Cancer Society already says that one in three Americans have some type of cancer related problems.
The Journal, Lancet Oncology, released a study which I think is very alarming. Researchers created a “future burden scenario for 2030,” by using GLOBOCAN data.
The GLOBOCAN research project is a well comprehensive cancer surveillance database that is managed by the International Association of Cancer Registries. Their aim is to calculate and project cancer incidences and cancer mortality. The researchers also used GLOBOCAN to help them understand cancer trends in countries by using the HDI (Human Development Index). The HDI ranks countries by life expectancy, education, and gross domestic product per head of household.
The researchers found that 50% of all cancer incidences would include four different types of cancers by the year 2030. These four cancers include the female breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer.
In the United States, a Cancer Registry is used and is a systematic collection of data about cancer and different tumor diseases. Each person who is diagnosed with cancer, goes into a data base. The data is collected by Cancer Registrars who gather a complete summary of the patient’s history, diagnosis, treatment, and status from the diagnosing physician.
In the past, I for one, have been one those who had to fill out the paperwork for the Cancer Registry. We would get the paperwork once a month and it would have patients name on it. We would have to go through the patient’s chart to answer the questions. We always had to send in the paperwork but we never heard back about any results. Today I went looking on the Internet to see if I could find any real statistics that the Cancer Registry has published. I was unable to find anything. However, I did find the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report for the United States Cancer Statistics. It states,” the current report includes cancer cases diagnosed in cancer deaths that occurred from 1999 through 2012. Each year of data includes more than 1 million cases of invasive cancer, including about 14,000 cases among younger children than 20 years, and more than 582,000 deaths from cancer. The population coverage varies by diagnosis year. In 2012, cancer incidence data were obtained from Central Cancer registries in 49 states, six metropolitan areas, and the District of Columbia (covering 99% of the U.S. population), and cancer mortality data were obtained from all states and the District of Columbia (covering the entire U.S. population). These data are used to access the cancer burden, in form and evaluate prevention efforts, and address disparities.”
Well, I’m not sure about you but it is my opinion that we are not winning the war against cancer. Notice that the above paragraph only talks about data through 2012. It is hard to find anything for the years 2013, 2014, in 2015.
It is of great importance that we keep ourselves,our loved ones, and our friends as healthy as we can. We live in a new era which is not as environmentally clean as in the “old” days. We need to work hard at keeping our immune system in as healthy shape as possible. Our immune system is our first and last defense to ward off any possibilities of normal cells turning abnormal. Life is precious and we need to treat our body every day with love, kindness, healthy ways, eating correctly, and good sleep.
-Dr Fredda Branyon