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Karmanos' Chief Cancer Surveillance Researcher Discusses Study on Decreased Cancer Mortality Rates
Date:8/12/2009

DETROIT, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cancer deaths among people of all ages have declined steadily in the last 30 years because of better prevention measures, early detection efforts and more effective cancer treatments, according to one of Karmanos Cancer Institute's lead epidemiology researchers.

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John J. Graff, Ph.D., director of the Epidemiology Research Core at Karmanos, chief of cancer surveillance research with Detroit's SEER (Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results) Registry, and assistant professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine, commented that it's these three components that have promoted declining cancer mortality rates.

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) released a study today that shows the number of people who have died from cancer has decreased steadily in the last three decades. All age groups have experienced declines, while the youngest age group has experienced the sharpest decline. The study was completed by Eric Kort, M.D., who completed the study while employed as a research scientist at the Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, Mich.

"The cases of cancer that are prevented most successfully are the smoking-related cancers," Dr. Graff said. "The areas where we have made our greatest outcomes in treatment are in breast cancer and childhood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma."

Dr. Graff noted that the combination of earlier detection, prevention and better treatments have decreased death rates most significantly in men with prostate, lung and colorectal cancers. For women, those three steps have most sharply decreased the rates of cancer deaths due to colorectal and breast cancer, while female lung
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