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Did You Know?: A Decline in Cancer

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Air date: December 7, 2008


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Did you Know? is presented by Wishard Health Services, becoming Eskenazi Health in 2014.

It's true: cancer diagnoses in the U.S. are in decline.

That’s according to a recent report issued by the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and the Centers for Disease Control.

The report found that incidences of cancer began to drop in 1999 and have continued to decrease through at least 2005.

Experts say that the decline is due largely to lower smoking rate, resulting in fewer cases of lung cancer. A drop in breast cancer may be due to fewer women using hormone therapy to treat hot flashes. Screening for early signs of prostate and colon cancer may have helped too.

Experts caution, though, that the decline in cancer could also be the result of fewer people getting screened for breast, prostate and other cancers. And, some forms of cancer are on the rise, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, kidney caner and melanoma.

And now you know.

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