New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that Cancer survival is on the rise. More people are surviving their cancer diagnosis. Researchers believe this is due to early detection and the improvements in treatments. In San Francisco, research shows that mortality rates have been on the decline in the past 30 years according to the State Cancer Profile at the National Cancer Institute.
The chart above shows the declining mortality rate in California over the past 10 years. The date found was categorized by Caucasian and African-American. You can clearly see that cancer survival is on the rise and death rate is on the decline. Some years it goes up or it is stable but for the most part, it is on the decline. You can notice that there are higher mortality rates for African-Americans than there are for Caucasians.
This story is relevant because there are so many more people diagnosed with cancer every year. Early detection is key to survival. Improving treatments is also another factor in the rise of cancer survival. People need to get checked, especially if there is a family history of cancer. What are San Francisco Cancer Centers doing to help the survival of cancer patients?