Cancer by the Numbers
Cancer Disparities: Reducing cancer disparities, defined in terms of socioeconomic status (income, health insurance status, education), geographic location, gender and race/ethnicity continues to be an overarching goal of SelfMade Health Network.
Cancer Incidence and Mortality Rates
Reference: American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2022
Reference: American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
Cancer in Rural America: A slower reduction in cancer death or mortality rates in rural America (a decrease of 1.0 percent per year) exist compared with urban America (a decrease of 1.6 percent per year), this is attributed in part by high mortality rates from lung, colorectal, prostate, and cervical cancers.
Reference: Henley SJ, Anderson RN, Thomas CC, Massetti GM, Peaker B, Richardson LC. Invasive Cancer Incidence, 2004–2013, and Deaths, 2006–2015, in Nonmetropolitan and Metropolitan Counties — United States. MMWR Surveill Summ 2017;66(No. SS-14):1–13. DOI:
Cancer and Medical Costs: The cost of cancer care continues to increase and is expected to reach nearly $174 billion by 2020.
Reference: Mariotto AB, Yabroff KR, Shao Y, Feuer EJ, Brown ML. Projections of the Cost of Cancer Care in the U.S.: 2010-2020. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2011 Jan.
American Lung Cancer Screening Initiative: Leaders for Lung Cancer Screening
Mayor Quentin Hart (Waterloo, Iowa)
Socioeconomically deprived or economically disadvantaged communities are disproportionately affected by exposure to environmental carcinogens, contributing to disparities in the cancer burden across the country.
Reference: American Cancer Society. Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Facts & Figures 2019-2020. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2019
Radon Facts: Jackie Nixon is a lung cancer survivor who never smoked but was exposed to radon.
The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) and the American Cancer Society National Lung Cancer Roundtable present their 3rd annual joint webinar series: Lung Cancer Screening 201: Accelerating Uptake of Lung Cancer Screening. Access to this webinar resources is available at: https://pages.acr.org/NLCRT_Accelerating_Screening_Uptake.html
American College of Radiology® (ACR®) Lung Cancer Screening Education Resource: https://www.acr.org/Lifelong-Learning-and-CME/Learning-Activities/Lung-Cancer-Screening-Education
American College of Radiology® (ACR®) Lung Cancer Screening Locator Tool: https://www.acr.org/Clinical-Resources/Lung-Cancer-Screening-Resources/LCS-Locator-Tool
Supporting Cancer Survivors through Comprehensive Cancer Control Programs. The George Washington University Cancer Center. Washington, DC. **This document includes information about SelfMade Health Network (SMHN)
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