Prevention Of Cancer Deaths In The United States

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : January 17, 2022

Cancer deaths continue to decline in both men and women for all groups of people in the US. However, the most common answer to the question of the cancer type mainly diagnosed in the US is breast cancer for women, which is at around 30% followed by 13% of lung cancer in women.

Prevention Of Cancer Deaths In The United States

On the other hand, men suffer from prostate cancer which is 26%, and with lung cancer of 12%.  The most common cause of cancer death in the United States is lung cancer which took the lives of around 131880 citizens, though the most common type of cancer affecting millions of people in the United States is skin cancer.

Prevention Of Cancer Deaths In The United States

Skin cancer is mainly of three types which include squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanomas. The symptoms of skin cancer are a new spot on the skin surface, a sore that does not heal for a long time, or a mole getting a change. 

Many people relate the cause of lung cancer to smoking and call it a smoker’s disease, which is incorrect since 20% of people diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked. Moreover, lung cancer is more likely to occur in old smokers rather than those who have kicked the habit of smoking recently.

Death on account of lung cancer is more in the US compared to death caused by breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon and rectal cancer combined. Both men and women get affected by breast cancer, but they are different from each other as the symptoms of heart attack, which differ in men and women. 

Though the study of cancer-related complications has been ever threatening, the solution to prevent many types of cancers with a simple change in lifestyle is evident. Smokers can try to resist their smoking habits to reduce the risk of lung cancer, but then the focus shifts to non-smokers who have got nothing to do with smoking yet get lung cancer.

The main cause of lung cancer for a non-smoker is Radon gas which is commonly found in the soil present around the house and this radon gas is generated due to the decay of uranium present in the soil.    

The reason for the decline in cancer deaths can be attributed to a decline in smoking, advancement in treating methods, and early detection of the disease. 

Cancer patients are very much affected by the infection of the Covid-19 virus. The virus did infect cancer patients easily since their immunity to resist and fight the virus is very less. The impact of the virus on cancer detection and the treatment required for complete recovery is yet to be ascertained. The racial discrimination in cancer rates and its treatment is still a point of discussion. 

It has been reported that cancer detection followed by treatment and subsequent healthcare during the pandemic have been limited to certain groups of Americans and also got impacted by the long withstanding issue of inequality in race and place. 

It has been noted that deaths due to breast cancer differed among races, with a death rate of 41% more in black women compared to white women. The death rate also differs among places with higher rates in Mississippi and lesser in Hawaii. 

Electra Paskett, Director at Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, stated that earlier detection of breast cancer has a greater chance of reducing mortality. 

Recent research has discovered pills that can obstruct genes from helping the cancer cells as well improve the immunity of the patient. Simultaneously several new drugs have been approved for cancer treatment which has contributed to the decline in cancer deaths. An increase in screening uptake for all types of cancers is also very much essential, which has dropped during theCovid-19 spike. 

Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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