Articles Posted in ‘Special Populations’

Overcoming global cultural and financial disparities to treat children with cancer

African children

Children in developing nations suffer from five times as many cases of cancer as their counterparts in developed nations. At the most basic level, the easiest way to increase survival rates in these children would be to train more doctors and nurses in their care and to add facilities where they can be adequately treated. To do this, cultural and financial disparities endemic to this population should be addressed. Scientists at National Cancer Institute (NCI) are working with colleagues, including those at International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR), toward this end.

Need stats? How to find the most up-to-date cancer statistics

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The Cancer Statistics Review (CSR), updated just this morning with new incidence statistics, contains the most recent data available on incidence, mortality, survival, prevalence, and lifetime risk statistics for 27 cancers. Unlike other statistical cancer reports, the CSR is purely about numbers, without interpretation. The CSR is updated each year, as soon as new numbers are ready, ensuring that its figures are as up-to-date as possible. Today’s update includes data on incidence rates through 2008 (previously 2007). Mortality and lifetime risk updates for 2008 are expected in a few months.

Diabetes is the Most Common Risk Factor for Liver Cancer in the U.S.

Drawing of the inside of a body showing the liver, colon and lungs.

The incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of primary liver cancer, has been increasing in the U.S. for several decades. NCI reseachers found that diabetes was associated with a greater percentage of HCC cases than any other factor.