The most comprehensive federal report available on state-specific cancer rates for the first time includes information on incidence and death rates, as well as data for Hispanics and a new section on mesothelioma and Kaposi's sarcoma. U.S. Cancer Statistics: 2001 Incidence and Mortality includes quality-assured incidence data from 43 states, 6 metropolitan areas, and the District of Columbia, covering 92 percent of the U.S. population - up from the coverage rate of 84 percent for the report issued last year. The report supplies essential state, population, racial, ethnic, and gender information for tailored cancer prevention and control programs nationwide.
The latest report shows prostate cancer as the leading cancer diagnosed overall in men in the United States and breast cancer as the most common form of cancer diagnosed in U.S. women. The leading cause of cancer death for both men and women is lung cancer.
United States Cancer Statistics: 2001 Incidence and Mortality marks the third time NCI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, have combined data to produce federal cancer statistics. The annual report provides a basis for individual states and researchers to describe the variability in cancer incidence and death rates across different populations and to focus on certain populations for evidence-based cancer control programs. Future United States Cancer Statistics reports will include data for American Indians/Alaska Natives. The full report is available at http://www.seer.cancer.gov/statistics.
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Input Wanted to Improve the Cancer Clinical Trials System
"We are looking for insights from anyone interested in the future of cancer clinical trials," said Dr. James Doroshow, chair of CTWG and director of NCI's Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis.
The Web site - http://ncicbforums.nci.nih.gov/ictQuestions/login_form - asks users to log in by first choosing a description that best identifies the group they represent. All responses are confidential. Users are also required to enter the following password - CTWGstakeholder - prior to providing their thoughts. (The password is also given on the log-in page.)
The Web site is open for feedback through Jan. 15, 2005 and addresses the following areas: