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Fox News: Cancer trends revealed in new study, Dr. Osborn comments

Survival rates increasing but a ‘gateway disease’ is major risk factor — here are 5 observations from new report

Published April 29, 2024 4:30am EDT

Dr. Brett Osborn was recently quoted in a Fox News Health article on a new report by USAFacts regarding cancer trends in the United States. The report highlighted key observations:

Common Types and Gender-specific Risk: Breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung and bronchus cancer, colorectal cancers, and other types are most prevalent. Men are more likely to receive a new cancer diagnosis and die from the disease, though the gap between genders has narrowed.

Cancer Rates Across Ethnic Groups: White Americans have the highest rate of new cancer diagnoses, while non-Hispanic Black Americans face the highest risk of mortality. Survival rates vary among ethnic groups, with overall rates improving except for American Indian/Alaska Native people.

Cancer Survival Rates: The five-year survival rate has increased from 63.5% in 2000 to 68.4% in 2015, which is attributed to better prevention, early detection, and treatment advancements. Survival rates vary by cancer type, with thyroid cancer having the highest rate. "This improvement is credited to better prevention, early detection and advancements in treatment," said Dr. Osborn.

Average Age of Cancer Diagnosis: Age is the primary risk factor for cancer diagnosis, with rates increasing with each decade of life. The average age of diagnosis is 66, and early screenings are recommended to reduce mortality rates.

Importance of Guarding Against Complacency: Despite improvements, Osborn warned against complacency, citing rising obesity rates as a significant driver of cancer incidence. He emphasized the need to address the obesity epidemic to sustain progress in reducing cancer rates and associated mortality.

"It is estimated that more than two in five adults have obesity – a gateway disease to cancer — according to recent data from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases," said Osborn.

"Unless the tide is turned and the obesity epidemic is addressed, the observed reduction in the annual rate of new cancers and associated mortality will slow and potentially be extinguished," he continued.

The report utilized data from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

The original story was written by Melissa Rudy and was published on Fox News on April 29, 2024.