WASHINGTON (AP) -- The rate of new cancer cases appears to be inching down at last.
An annual cancer report finds the rate of new diagnoses among men dropped by 1.8 percent a year between 2001 and 2005. For women, the decrease was just over half a percent a year.
Death rates from cancer have been dropping slowly for years, thanks to earlier detection and better treatments. But cancer prevention has been the ultimate goal.
The improvements reflect gains against some leading cancers -- including prostate, colorectal and breast cancer. But other types are still on the rise, including melanoma and kidney cancer.
Despite the apparent good news in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, experts wonder if the positive trends can survive the bad economy.
For example, the report credits a drop in colorectal cancer to a big increase in colonoscopies -- which generally aren't done unless patience have insurance that will pay for it.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.