Deaths by Prostate Cancer on the Decline in the US – Report

January 10, 2013 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer News

A report published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has revealed a decline in the death rates of men with prostate cancer (PCa).

The study reveals that from 2005 to 2009, the death rate for prostate cancer has been around 3.2% on the average.

Moreover, within the same period, a combined death rate from cancer diseases for men and women has declined by 1.6%, even as data shows continue decline in the death rate for men and women of all major ethnic groups.

The report which was prepared by Ahmedin Jemal, DVM, PhD, of the American Cancer Society (ACS) is compiled in collaboration with the North American Association of Central Cancer  Registries, the National Cancer Institute, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimate of about 250000 men would be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States.Out of that estimate, about 30,000 men are likely to die from the disease.

Furthermore, Jody A. Charnow revealed in his article dated January 9, 2013 and posted in the Renal & Urology website that death from other cancer diseases is also on the decline.

Here is the relevant extract: The death rate from urinary bladder cancer during this same period did not change for men but decreased by 0.4% per year among women. The death rate from kidney cancer decreased 0.4% per year for men and 0.9% per year for women.

Death rates continue to increase for cancers of the liver, pancreas, and uterus, and for melanoma (men only).

The incidence rates for prostate and bladder cancer declined from 2005 to 2009, but the rates for kidney cancer increased. The increase in kidney cancer rates “is thought to reflect, in part, increased diagnosis because of wider application of imaging techniques as well as the obesity epidemic,” the report noted.

Finally, its good to know that the death rate associated with prostate cancer is on the decline. This is encouraging news and goes to show that the diagnostic, preventive and treatment strategies employed for prostate cancer have been effective.

This above study can also help researchers to put more effort in finding better procedures to further reduce the death rates.

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