Promising Statistics to Know on World Cancer Day

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It used to be that the word “cancer” meant a slow decline. With medical advancements, new medications, and less invasive treatments, times have changed. It’s World Cancer Day February 4, 2020. Read these promising statistics to see just how much has changed over the decades.

Cancer Death Rates Have Dropped

Home Health Care Floral Park NY - Promising Statistics to Know on World Cancer Day

Home Health Care Floral Park NY – Promising Statistics to Know on World Cancer Day

Between 1999 and 2016, deaths from cancer have declined. The decline has been almost 2 percent per year for men and women and just over 1 percent for children. This decline covers all forms of cancer. Some types of cancer have seen bigger declines than others. Melanoma (skin cancer), lung cancer, Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and leukemia have seen the biggest declines.

If you look at the 5-year survival rates between the 1960’s and today, it says a lot. The survival rates in the 1960’s were around 33 percent. In 2019, that percentage increased to 66.5 percent. The chance of surviving five years after a diagnosis has doubled.

The Rates of New Cases Has Also Declined

The number of people being diagnosed with cancer has also decreased by around 2 percent for men. Women have remained level. Early diagnosis, when cancer is present, offers the best odds in successful treatment plans.

Statins Might Help Fight Certain Types of Cancer

The American Heart Association has been closely looking at medications used to lower cholesterol levels. One study taking a closer look at statins and cancer was done at Duke University School of Medicine. Doctors and researchers finds looked specifically at colorectal cancer.

The research found was that colorectal patients who also took statins had increased survival rates. Similar findings were discovered with breast, kidney, and lung cancer. Prostate cancer cases also declined among the men taking statins.

Research is ongoing to see if there is a definitive link. It does, however, provide hope for a potential treatment option.

Three Things Seem to Be Key to Prevention

The American Cancer Society found that almost half of all new cancer cases could have been prevented through three lifestyle changes. The first is to stop smoking. Losing weight is second because weight loss usually involves a diet lower in processed foods, fats, and sugars. The third tip is to exercise regularly. Physical activity is important for keeping the body healthy.

Keep your parents motivated to eat well, exercise regularly, and see their doctor for screenings that check for cancer. This includes pap smears, breast exams/mammograms, colorectal cancer screenings, and prostate checks. Home health care providers can help your parents arrange these doctor visits and drive your parents there. If anything is found, home health care providers are available to help out while your parent goes through treatments and recovers.


If you or an aging loved one are in need of Home Health Care Services in Floral Park NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.