NASHVILLE - There is some good news in the battle against cancer, although the latest data in the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer show serious challenges remain on several fronts.
Greg Broy with the American Cancer Society of Tennessee says overall death rates continue to decline in the United States for all of the most common cancer sites, including lung, colon, prostate and breast, but at the same other types have increased.
"There are increases in the incidences of cancers from other sites, such as uterine cancer among women and skin cancer, particularly among men," Broy said. "And I think people need to mindful of, particularly on melanoma, are they protecting themselves from the sun?"
It's estimated that there were 36,000 new cancer cases in Tennessee last year, along with nearly 14,000 deaths.
Broy said he believes more needs to be done to get people in for regular screenings and in developing healthy habits that can help prevent cancer.
"So, we do have a lot of work to do here in Tennessee to help people understand that we can reduce the number of people dying from cancer if we apply what we already know about prevention and early detection: Don't smoke, do eat well, get your exercise and cancer screenings."
The deadliest forms of cancer in Tennessee are lung, colorectal, breast and prostate, he added.
The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer is available at seer.cancer.gov.