“Why Everyone Seems to Have Cancer” Considers Inevitability of Cancer
In a recent article in The New York Times, George Johnson, the author of “The Cancer Chronicles,” analyzes the state of the current “standoff” with cancer. While noting advances in science and prevention that have improved childhood cancer survival rates and reduced the prevalence of some cancers, Johnson describes the biological patterns that increase the likelihood that cancer will develop as life expectancy improves, as well as the obstacles that remain in fighting the war on cancer.
The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates indicate more than 1.6 million new cancer diagnoses and roughly 585,000 deaths in 2014. As the number of individuals diagnosed with cancer – as well as living with, through, and beyond cancer – increases each year, NCCS continues to focus on advocating for quality cancer care, as well as addressing the need for cancer care planning and coordination.