Are We Winning The War Against Cancer?

Cancer tops the list of scariest diseases in the world.

Even the name is enough to send a shiver down the spine.

It spreads like a wildfire and accounts for nearly one in four deaths every year in the United States.

We all know cancer. Someone close to us or someone we know is either fighting it or has already lost their battle with it. The disease is extremely debilitating and takes a heavy toll on physical and mental wellbeing.

In 2017, 1,688,780 new cancer cases are estimated to surface whereas cancer-related death toll is estimated to be 600,920, according to an American Cancer Society report.

No wonder, life is a journey of unexpected events.

But good news is that people are actually winning the fight against the disease.

The new cancer statistical 2017 cumulative report, published in the American Cancer Society’ Journal, says that about 25% reduction has been seen in the cancer cases and cancer-related deaths since 1991.

This downfall in the cancer morbidity and mortality rate represents our potential grasp over this life- threatening disease. On time screening, detection toolkits, and overall improved treatments account for the fall the prevalence of disease that is by and large considered lethal.

The report shows that the overall cancer death rate in both genders has dropped down by 1.5 percent. Good news indeed.

Dr. Otis W. Brawley chief medical officer of the ACS, through a press release, said,  “Dropping death rates are a powerful sign of the potential we have to reduce cancer’s deadly toll. New strategies and research-based techniques are needed to detect cancer early, and this is the time that with the knowledge we have, we must provide cancer treatment facilities to under-development countrieswhere the mortality rate is high.”

Tremendous research is also being done in the field of oncology. With such heartening news emerging from the realms of research and epidemiology, it appears we will soon be able to treat cancer as other manageable conditions such as hypertension and diabetes mellitus.

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