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A new report from the American Cancer Society (ACS) shows encouraging trends on cancer survival ‒ a decline in death rates that coincides with a greater emphasis on preventive care through programs like MedBen WellLiving.
Since the early 1990's, the U.S. death rate from cancer has dropped 25%. This trend can be attributed primarily to large declines in the four major causes of cancer death ‒ lung, colorectal, breast and prostate ‒ which account for almost half of such deaths, noted ACS Director Rebecca Siegel.
"This progress is driven by declines in smoking prevalence beginning in the 1960s, and improvements in the early detection of cancer and cancer treatment," Siegel said.
Still, while mortality rates have fallen overall, some U.S. regions still show much higher numbers ‒ a problem researchers blame, in part, on people not getting regular cancer screenings.
"People show up with a cancer that should have been addressed a long time ago," said Dr. Ethan Basch, Director of the Cancer Outcomes Research Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. "If they had a good primary care doctor or good health education they would have noticed it."
MedBen WellLiving stresses the importance of plan members getting regular cancer screenings under the direction of their family doctor. Not only does detecting cancer in its earliest stages greatly improve chances for survival, it significantly reduces the cost of treatment ‒ in some cases, by hundreds of thousands of dollars.
By encouraging preventive care, employers can go a long way toward improving the health of their workforce. Learn how you can make a real difference by contacting MedBen Vice President of Sales & Marketing Brian Fargus at firstname.lastname@example.org.