I came across some mixed news the other day in the February/March 2012 (yes I’m a little late) issue of Heart and Soul magazine. A few interesting facts about cancer were published so this Friday is a bonus; here are this week’s facts:
“The rates of cancer cases and deaths are dropping in this country [USA]. According to the American Cancer Society, since 1999, cancer death rates have declined across all racial groups (except American Indians and Alaskan Natives, where rates have stabilized). The downward trend is contributed to more affective screening, improvements in early detection and treatment and lower smoking rates.” (p14)
“Though the biggest drops in death rates are seen among Blacks and Latinos, those two populations continue to have higher death rates than whites. Experts cite decreased access to care and less timely diagnosis as contributors to the racial disparities in mortality rates.” (p14)
Let’s get screened, create more awareness and demand access to affordable healthcare (a human right) for ALL.