Study reveals cancer diagnosis is more deadly in blacks
"Mortality rates from all cancers decreased by 18.2 percent during that time period, and incidence of all cancers declined by 3.2 percent,” Bolick-Aldrich said. “Even so, we’re seeing increases in the incidence of certain cancers such as lung cancer in demographic sub-groups, specifically white women.”
Virginie Daguise, another author of the Cancer article and a cancer epidemiologist at the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and adjunct faculty member in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, oversees the compilation of the state’s cancer report card. The first such report came out in 2004 and looked at 19 different types of cancer; the next report card will come out later this year and will focus on nine cancers and address accomplishments and future direction.
"We don’t want to simply report more data this year but instead want to explore where we go from here,” Daguise said. “Some people will want to find answers as to why the numbers are what they are; others will want to do more in terms of public education, screening, awareness, and getting buy-in from communities on strategies to address the problem.”