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Cancer Mortality Rates Decrease in Delaware

Posted: Jul 10, 2018 9:21 PM Updated:
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LEWES, De.-Many in Delaware are celebrating the release of a new stat from the Division of Public Health--decreased cancer mortality rates.

According to health officials, Delaware's cancer rate decreased by 12 percent from 2000-2004 to 2010-2014.

This drop, health officials say, is just slightly lower than the national decline of 14 percent.

Those at Beebe Healthcare's Tunnell Cancer Center say cancer screening and early detection played a vital role in driving down the rates, as did advancing technology that aids in cancer detection.

"People are frightened," Debbie Campbell, Cancer Screening Nurse Navigator at Tunnell Cancer Center said. 

"With some people, you say the cancer word and they just don't want to know. And I try to emphasize that if someone has cancer, it's much better to get it earlier and to deal with it when it's not such a big problem."

Campbell, who advises over 1000 patients a year on their best course of action when dealing with cancer, says that not only is early detection important, so is a healthy lifestyle to decrease one's risk. 

"The earlier you do it, the better your chances are," Gerald Stinnett, a resident in the area said. "You never know what you may have, so it's better to take the time now and just get it done. It only takes a few minutes," he said.

Minutes that could mean the difference between surviving, and triumphing over cancer with the appropriate steps taken.

According to the report released by the Division of Public Health, Delaware's all site cancer mortality rate fell 15 percent among men, 9 percent among women, 21 percent among African Americans, 14 percent among Caucasians, and 2 percent among Hispanics over the course of a decade. 

You can find more information on cancer screenings at Beebe Healthcare here, https://www.beebehealthcare.org/cancer-screening

 

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