Report: U.S. cancer deaths down 27% since 1991. Here's what Utahns can take away from the analysis

But American Cancer Society projects 3,310 Utahns will die from cancer this year

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  • What in Tucket Provo, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 6:57 a.m.

    How to reduce cancer deaths? Some good ideas in the article. In Japan in 1958 the incidence of death by prostate cancer was 2/100,000. In the US it was 20/100,000. Why? A diet of vegetables and fish. In Kenya breast cancer 20-40 times less. They don't eat much meat either. I would have liked the author to discuss diet more.

  • sgallen Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 2:15 p.m.

    The last few paragraphs are important in the current debate about replacing Prop 3, Medicaid expansion. Medicaid can help pay for earlier detection of cancers through routine screening. The poor shouldn’t suffer disproportionately.

  • Monsieur le prof Sandy, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 10:59 a.m.

    Many, if not most, of the high cost of health care stems from overreaching government rules and regulations and the litigious nature of our society which forces hospitals and doctors to self-insure against possible lawsuits. Also included are the exorbitant costs of trying to save everyone's life regardless of the time and/or expense.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 10:38 a.m.

    In a short 25 years, death from cancer has declined 27%. That isn't "incremental", this is huge. That is 900 Utahns who won't die from cancer this year who--assuming steady population--would have died 25 years ago. Over the next decade that is 9000 Utahns who won't die from cancer even if no additional improvements are made.

    Deaths from heart disease have declined even more.

    And this because of a combination of better screening, better surgical techniques, and better drugs. Better screening often involves better medical equipment or better blood and tissue tests. Consider on what the drug companies have done in the last 25 years in addition to reducing deaths from cancer.

    AIDS has gone from one of the most terrifying death sentences known to man, to being a treatable, chronic illness. While we don't yet have a vaccine, certain drugs appear to reduce the risk of transmission or contraction of AIDS.

    Quality of life has improved dramatically for those suffering from auto-immune diseases such as rhumitoid arthritis and Crohns Disease, and Parkisons. Treatments improve for Alzheimers.

    Notice where these drugs are invented: Not in England, Canada, or Germany. Profit motive works.

  • Meckofahess Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 7:51 a.m.

    Here's what this Utahn takes from this analysis. Drug company profits during that time are up over 200%, Hospital charges for cancer care are out-of-sight they are so high and oh yes the fees the Cancer Surgeons and Oncologists charge are astronomical. And lest we forget, healthcare insurance premiums are so high that families who have to purchase private insurance have become slaves to their premiums and co-payments to the exclusion of other necessities of life. So while our healthcare system has made incremental improvements in survival rates for cancer, that same system has made transformational profits for providing the care. When you factor in the economic damage this has put on society (20% of our GDP overall), one wonders about the overall good? Some feel life isn't worth living if the healthcare system bankrupts you for the care!