U.S. invasive cancer rates slightly down, CDC says

U.S. invasive cancer rates slightly down, CDC says

March 31, 2014 Updated Mar 31, 2014 at 11:27 AM CDT

(CDC news release) Rates of invasive cancer cases among U.S. men and women dropped slightly from 459 per 100,000 persons in 2009 to 446 per 100,000 persons in 2010, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to a CDC news release:

The highest rates were for prostate, female breast, lung and bronchus, and colon and rectum cancers, which together accounted for half of all cancer cases in the United States. With the exception of urinary bladder cancer, invasive cancer is defined as cancer that has spread to surrounding normal tissue from where it began.   

For the first time, lung cancer was the second most common cancer among Hispanic men, surpassing colorectal cancer. Rates of new cancer cases were higher among men than women, highest among blacks, and ranged by state.

Differences in rates of new cancer cases reflect differences in cancer risk factors. Evidence-based interventions to reduce these differences can be enhanced through policy approaches. For instance, the Affordable Care Act encourages patients to get appropriate and timely preventive cancer services by reducing or eliminating cost-sharing expenses. These services include help with quitting tobacco use, certain cancer screenings, and vaccination against HPV (human papillomavirus), which is known to cause cancer.

“The good news is that we are seeing slightly lower cancer rates in 2010 than in 2009,” said David Espey, M.D., acting director, CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. “However, far too many people are disabled and die from preventable cancers. It’s important to continue to offer the cancer preventive services that we know works to reduce cancer rates and save lives.”