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Honoring Our Survivors

June 13, 2019
Joe Prosser
Honoring Our Survivors

IN THE SPIRIT OF THANKFULNESS
Most people think of Community Cancer Center as a place for treating cancer. It’s, in fact, more than that. It’s a place where people survive. That’s why, on May 29, we opened our doors to welcome in our patients, their caregivers and our community to join us in celebrating Cancer Survivors Day.

Today, we consider anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis a survivor. Thanks to ongoing advances in treatment, screening, diagnosis and more, there are more people living longer than ever before. Dr. Woodhouse details some of these positive trends in her article inside this newsletter.

 

MORE PEOPLE ARE SURVIVING
In 1991, there were 215 cancer deaths per 100,000. But by 2018, the cancer death rate had decreased to 156 per 100,000. Currently, there are 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States today. By 2026, there will be an estimated 26 million. In fact, the American Cancer Society (ACS) reports that in 2019, cancer deaths in the US dropped 27% in the last 25 years. So, as you can see,  we’ve made dramatic improvements in decreasing both the incidence and survival rate for cancer. Among the cancers experiencing the greatest death rate declines are lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer. Important work remains to be done in improving the rate of cancer survivorship. According to ACS statistics, an estimated 1.76 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2019. That’s more than 4,800 new cases each day. In our nation, cancer remains the second leading cause of death after heart disease.

 

A RESOURCE CLOSE TO HOME
We are all touched by cancer, whether ourselves, or family members or friends. Cancer is a hardship, but having quality treatment and services close to home is appreciated by many in our community. We at Community Cancer Center are honored to be the destination of choice for cancer services in the Eastern region of Central Illinois, as well as a source of prevention services to the members of our community.

 

Joe Prosser, MBA
Executive Director 

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