Cancer is the leading cause of death in North Carolina even though cancer mortality rates have been decreasing in the past 10 years.
Since the last report in 2007, the number of incident cancer cases has increased by nearly 7 percent. Moreover, cancer incidence rates in North Carolina have been slowly increasing since 1998. In 2013, the absolute number of cancer cases is projected at 56,164.
The 2013 NC Cancer Report provides updates for both key indicators for cancer in North Carolina and prevention measures. The findings are presented in four sections: deaths, new cases, screening and prevention. Within each section, the report examines cancer sites or factors that contribute to the burden of cancer. In addition to all cancers combined, the focus is on five cancer sites: breast, cervical, colon, lung and prostate. These five cancers account for the majority of North Carolina’s cancer deaths and new cases. These sites are also associated with screening and/or preventive behaviors for reducing cancer deaths and/or new cancer cases.
The Cancer Care Center at FirstHealth is a leading edge provider of cancer care, cancer treatment and other cancer services for patients in the Pinehurst, Sanford, Raeford, Laurinburg, Lumberton, Troy and Rockingham regions of North Carolina and beyond.
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