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March 11, 2016

"Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer" Shows Overall Decline in Cancer Deaths, but Increase in Liver Cancer Deaths

Earlier this week the National Cancer Institute released The Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer (1975-2012). While this report shows a continuing trend of decline of mortality for most cancers for both men and women, thanks largely to progress in prevention and early detection, it also highlights a dismal picture for liver cancer, showing a steady annual increase of incidence and mortality and substantial racial and ethnic disparities. This calls for concerted and targeted efforts to reverse this trend and reduce the disparities by: 1) increasing uptake of hepatitis screening and vaccination and early treatment; 2) maintaining healthy body weight; and 3) reducing excessive alcohol use. 

Guest Author

Li Li, MD, PhD
Associate Director for Prevention Research
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center