2017 Cancer in Iowa report issued

Published on March 22, 2017

An estimated 6,200 Iowans will die from cancer in 2017, according to a new report released March 22 by the State Health Registry of Iowa, based in the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Lung cancer will continue to be the most common cause of cancer death for both males and females and will be responsible for about 1,670—or approximately one out of every four—cancer deaths in Iowa, according to “Cancer in Iowa: 2017.”

The annual report also projects an estimated 17,400 new cancers will be diagnosed among Iowa residents this year. Breast cancer will remain the most common type of cancer diagnosed among females, while prostate cancer remains the most common type among males. The 2017 estimate for new cancers is about 800 more cases than last year’s estimate and reflects recent data showing that cancer incidence has not been falling as quickly as researchers projected.

“Each year our projections are based on data from three years prior because of the time it takes to collect and verify data on cancer cases and their treatment and outcomes,” says Mary Charlton, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UI College of Public Health. “Last year we projected the number of breast and colorectal cancer cases would continue to decline rapidly based on trends from previous years. Unfortunately, more recent data has suggested a much slower decline, possibly due to an increase in risk factors such as obesity, as well as an aging population.”

According to Charlton, similar adjustments were made to other cancer types, resulting in a higher total number of cases compared to last year. “There remains a great need for continued research and initiatives surrounding cancer prevention, screening, and treatment of cancer.”

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