2001 Cancer Progress Report

2001 Cancer Progress Report – from the National Cancer Institute

Elaine Kierl Gangel

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) released a report titled Cancer Progress Report 2001, which is the first in a series of reports intended to make scientific information related to cancer easier to access and understand. The information contained in the report is the result of collaborative efforts by NCI, federal agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society, professional organizations, and cancer researchers. This report analyzes progress made in reducing cancer burden across a continuum. Measurement points on the continuum included prevention, early detection, diagnosis, life after cancer, and end of life.

The report indicates that rates of new cancers and cancer deaths are declining as a result of state-of-the-art treatments, a reduction in the numbers of adults who smoke, and increased screenings for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers. Areas where the report shows improvements need to be made include the following: reducing tobacco use, especially in youths; addressing increases occurring in certain types of cancer, including melanoma; and understanding cancer-related disparities among certain populations in the United States.

Current data were compared with the cancer-related targets of Healthy People 2010, which contains 10-year objectives established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The comparisons can be used to identify trends and gaps. The information presented was designed to be used by the public as well as policy makers, researchers, and physicians.

Free copies of the report can be obtained by calling 800-4-CANCER and requesting Cancer Progress Report 2001 (T905). The online version is available at www.progressreport. cancer.gov. The online version will be updated every six to 12 months, and the print version will be revised and published biannually.

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