Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

National Cancer Institute Reports on Progress against Cancer. (EH Update)

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

National Cancer Institute Reports on Progress against Cancer. (EH Update)

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The Cancer Progress Report, released in December 2001 by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), is the first in a series designed to make scientific information on cancer more accessible and understandable. The new report succinctly describes and illustrates the nation's progress in reducing the cancer burden across the full cancer continuum, from prevention through the impact of deaths from cancer.

"Overall, Cancer Progress Report 2001 paints a positive picture," said Barbara Rimer, director of NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). "The rates of new cancers and of cancer deaths are falling overall; factors are the growing adoption of state-of-the-art cancer treatments, reduced cigarette smoking by adults, and increased screenings for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers. Both smoking and getting screened for cancer are behaviors over which individuals have control."

But the report also illustrates some areas in which the nation is not making progress or is losing ground. For example, greater efforts are needed to reduce tobacco use, especially among youth. Rising rates of some cancers, such as esophageal cancer and melanoma skin cancer, must be addressed. …

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