The American Cancer Society released a report Tuesday stating that the U.S. Cancer death rate has steadily decreased within the last 25 years.
One key contributing factor is early detection.
“In Winchester Medical Center we start screening our patient population since 2016 and we’re doing a very good job about it. Finding the cancers earlier than what we used to do,” said Winchester Medical Center thoracic surgeon Dr. Shalini Reddy.
The overall cancer death rate has decreased by 27 percent, men with lung cancer by 48 percent, women with breast cancer by 40 percent and the survival rate of children with cancer has increased by 83 percent.
The advancement in treatments and the decrease in smoking have also helped to decrease the death rate.
“So there’s a lot of different technologies that have evolved in lung cancer. From screening CT scans to advanced diagnostic procedures such as endobronchial ultrasound and navigational bronchoscopy,” said Winchester Medical Center Pulmonologist, Dr. Glen Bouder.
Dr. Bouder says an important part of helping patients beat cancer is working as a team through multidisciplinary care. Winchester Medical Center is one of the only community hospitals in the area who use this technique.
Even with the decrease in cancer deaths, the American Cancer Society predicts there will be 4,800 new cases of cancer each day in 2019.