Cancer Deaths

Monday, June 11, 2012

Obesity and inactivity are emerging as new public health threats in the fight against cancer. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a CDC report on cancer deaths in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Cancer death rates are dropping among adults and children in the United States but some cancers associated with obesity are on the rise.

The Centers for Disease Control and some leading cancer groups reviewed more than 7,000 studies. Their research revealed a link between obesity and increased risk for colorectal and postmenopausal breast cancers, as well as cancers of the esophagus, kidney, pancreas and uterus. Lack of physical activity was linked to increased risk for colon cancer and probable increased risk for postmenopausal breast and uterine cancers.

For more than three decades, obesity, inactivity and poor diet have been second only to tobacco as preventable causes of disease and death in the United States, but tobacco use has declined dramatically since the 1960s, while obesity rates have doubled.

The report found that cancer death rates in the U.S. decreased, on average, by about 1.6 percent per year.

The overall downward trends reflect progress in prevention, screening, early detection and the treatment of cancer.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.