Articles Tagged ‘survivorship’

National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) publishes results [Video]

Scientists have found a 20 percent reduction in deaths from lung cancer among current or former heavy smokers who were screened with low-dose helical computed tomography (CT) versus those screened by chest X-ray. This finding provides a more extensive analysis of the data originally reported in November 2010 while providing additional data to the public and research community without barriers to access.

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.

Keeping Tabs on Cancer Rates

Three women huddled around a computer screen, surrounded by SEER publications

The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer that was released today shows continued declines in both the rate of new cancer cases and the rate of cancer deaths in the United States over the past several years. The incidence data used in the report were gathered from population-based cancer registries that participate in the NCI’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program, and/or the CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR). Information on mortality rates comes from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). This article explores the role of population-based cancer registries.