Cancer Rates Declining

According to an American Cancer Society report cancer rates for men declined 1.8 percent and for women by 1.6 percent between 2004 and 2008. Also cancer screening and treatment improvements have prevented one million cancer deaths since the early 1990s, says the document.

Routine examinations of the body can help prevent cancer death because early detection generally leads to better treatment outcomes, “Screening is checking your body for cancer before you have symptoms. Getting screening tests regularly may find breast, cervical, and colorectal (colon) cancers early, when treatment is likely to work best.” (Source: CDC)

While the total cancer rate has declined, a number of particular cancers are increasing. They are cancers of the pancreas, liver, thyroid, kidney, esophagus and melanoma. Also some throat cancers associated with human papillomavirus or HPV infection have increased.

This year researchers from Ohio State University found a connection between oral sex, HPV and throat cancer, “Throat cancers caused by a virus transmitted during oral sex have increased significantly in the United States in recent years,” researchers reported. (Source:

The good news is as people educate themselves more and more about the importance of regular screenings, cancer can be detected earlier on and treated more successfully. Also lifestyle choices can be adjusted to reduce oral cancer risk, such as reducing promiscuous behavior, and reducing or eliminating tobacco and alcohol consumption. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation oral cancer is typically detected when it is already in a somewhat advanced stage, but catching earlier will decrease its severity.

Oral cancer can go unnoticed by an individual because initially it can be painless, or resemble benign conditions such as a canker sore. The Oral Cancer Foundation’s main guideline on oral cancer detection is, ” it is important to have any sore or discolored area of your mouth, which does not heal within 14 days, looked at by a professional.” (Source: Oral Cancer Foundation)

Melanoma is also increasing, but can be prevented by taking simple steps to protect the skin from overexposure to sunlight.

Image Credit: Public Domain, National Cancer Institute


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Kate R.
Kate R6 years ago


Winn Adams
Winn A6 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Jake R.
Jake R6 years ago

Jane, the connection between oral sex, HPV and throat cancer has already been documented by researchers.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton6 years ago

I wonder what promiscuous behavior is? I don't need scientific studies and stats getting into my SEX LIFE. It's bad enough the Christian evangelists try to get into every woman's vagina and take away her right to choose. I don't need the government to tell me what position to have sex in. I'll do it any way I want, thank you. Oral sex causing throat cancer? That's ridiculous.

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

Vitamin D and I wonder about these stats.

jo Howard
jo Howard6 years ago

Early screening is extremely important .. but what a shame in that many people do not have the financial means to have this kind of health screening. America needs a far better health care program for ALL CITIZENS across the nation. Make sure your vote counts when casting towards all future politicial elections by better vetting your candidates. Put no one in the race who will not serve the citizens better than the past elected officials.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton6 years ago

Throat cancer from HPV? I don't believe it. Throat cancer comes from cigarette smoking.
Sounds like the cigarette companies paid off somebody to point fingers at oral sex. haha
The article says oral sex is "promiscuous behavior". Is it promiscuous when a wife gives her
husband oral sex? Or is is just "promiscuous" when the person isn't MARRIED in the CHRISTIAN CHURCH? Are CATHOLIC women forbidden to give oral sex to their husbands?
Is it promiscuous behavior? The article says melanoma is increasing. Is this from promiscuously staying in the sun too long?

Cody L.
Cody Lupardus6 years ago

Hope it decreases

Hannah S.
Hannah Short6 years ago

i cant believe this to be true if we are hearing more news of people getting cancer, and when i was younger only one person got cancer and now at least 7 people i know have cancer or have had it.

KARLOLINA G6 years ago

Thank you.