Cancer Rates Rising for Children and Adults

This is not surprising news, given what is being allowed and encouraged as economic activity these days.

Childhood and adolescent cancer statistics, 2014

child cancer(click to enlarge image)

Abstract

In this article, the American Cancer Society provides estimates of the number of new cancer cases and deaths for children and adolescents in the United States and summarizes the most recent and comprehensive data on cancer incidence, mortality, and survival from the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (which are reported in detail for the first time here and include high-quality data from 45 states and the District of Columbia, covering 90% of the US population). In 2014, an estimated 15,780 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed and 1960 deaths from cancer will occur among children and adolescents aged birth to 19 years. The annual incidence rate of cancer in children and adolescents is 186.6 per 1 million children aged birth to 19 years.

Approximately 1 in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer before age 20 years, and approximately 1 in 530 young adults between the ages of 20 and 39 years is a childhood cancer survivor.

It is therefore likely that most pediatric and primary care practices will be involved in the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of young patients and survivors. In addition to cancer statistics, this article will provide an overview of risk factors, symptoms, treatment, and long-term and late effects for common pediatric cancers.

CA Cancer J Clin 2014. © 2014 American Cancer Society.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.3322/caac.21219/abstract

Lest you think that longer survival from cancer treatments are a bed of roses:

Because statistics don’t tell the whole story: A call for comprehensive care for children with cancer

Families facing a childhood cancer diagnosis are catapulted into crisis mode. Everyday family life is whisked away and replaced by frightening diagnoses and medical language, life-or-death decisions, intrusive emergency hospitalizations of unknown duration, a steady stream of hospital visits, medications and procedures that must be handled with perfection, expert opinions that must be acted upon in haste, negotiations with employers for extreme absenteeism, special arrangements with school principals and teachers during long periods of quarantine from other children and friends, and financial burdens that are felt years beyond that dreadful day of diagnosis.

This is not a “new normal.” There is nothing “normal” about children being struck by serious illness… 

…The long-term and lasting implications of cancer treatment on a child’s physical, emotional, and cognitive functioning are increasingly evident…. And no matter the prognosis or survival statistic, the literature is clear that preventable suffering is a part of the experience that interferes significantly with the quality of life of these children and their families

fails to acknowledge that the overwhelming majority of these children will have significant, chronic, and life-altering side effects as a result of their cancer treatment.

For cancers that do exhibit survival probabilities in the “80%” range,
the percentage fails to acknowledge that the overwhelming majority of these children will have significant, chronic, and life-altering side effects as a result of their cancer treatment.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.3322/caac.21215/full

 

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Do you want to see which substances are linked to cancer?

CHE Toxicant and Disease Database
Diseases related to Oncology (Cancer)

http://www.healthandenvironment.org/tddb

Click on a specific cancer in the above list to see the chemical and pollutant exposures already implicated in causing that type of cancer.

doctor we are not designed to be polluted

Let’s insist on laws and regulations that work to seriously reduce and eliminate the harmful pollutants that the fossil fuel (oil, coal, gas, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals) industry is inflicting upon us without free, informed and prior consent. Our bodies and the planet that supports us are being poisoned and polluted, sometimes  beyond repair. Lives are at stake. We don’t have to let this insanity continue. Stop toxic trespass!

World cancer rates are rising  at “an alarming pace” (IARC)

“The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said cancer was growing “at an alarming pace” worldwide and new strategies were needed to curb the sometimes fatal and often costly disease.”

Global battle against cancer won’t be won with treatment alone. Effective prevention measures urgently needed to prevent cancer crisis

From the IARC Press Release (The document is for sale, it’s not a free download)

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, released their World Cancer Report 2014, a collaboration of over 250 leading scientists from more than 40 countries, describing multiple aspects of cancer research and control.


Based on the latest statistics on trends in cancer incidence and mortality worldwide, this new book reveals how the cancer burden is growing at an alarming pace and emphasizes the need for urgent implementation of efficient prevention strategies to curb the disease.


“Despite exciting advances, this Report shows that we cannot treat our way out of the cancer problem,” states Dr Christopher Wild, Director of IARC and co-editor of the book. “More commitment to prevention and early detection is desperately needed in order to complement improved treatments and address the alarming rise in cancer burden globally.”


Increasing global burden of cancer
In 2012, the worldwide burden of cancer rose to an estimated 14 million new cases per year, a figure expected to rise to 22 million annually within the next two decades. Over the same period, cancer deaths are predicted to rise from an estimated 8.2 million annually to 13 million per year. Globally, in 2012 the most common cancers diagnosed were those of the lung (1.8 million cases, 13.0% of the total), breast (1.7 million, 11.9%), and large bowel (1.4 million, 9.7%). The most common causes of cancer death were cancers of the lung (1.6 million, 19.4% of the total), liver (0.8 million, 9.1%), and stomach (0.7 million, 8.8%).

Avoidable deaths
Access to effective and affordable cancer treatments in developing countries, including for childhood cancers, would significantly reduce mortality, even in settings where health-care services are less well developed.


However, the spiralling costs of the cancer burden are damaging the economies of even the richest countries and are way beyond the reach of developing countries, as well as placing impossible strains on health-care systems. In 2010, the total annual economic cost of cancer was estimated to reach approximately US$ 1.16 trillion. Yet about half of all cancers could be avoided if current knowledge was adequately implemented.

“The rise of cancer worldwide is a major obstacle to human development and well-being.

These new figures and projections send a strong signal that immediate action is needed to confront this human disaster, which touches every community worldwide, without exception,” stresses Dr Wild.

(Here they go on to suggest vaccinations against cancer, which seems to be playing right  into industry hands, since it’s basically the same industry creating most vaccine ingredients as creates the pollution and chemicals that cause cancer in the first place)

Adequate legislation to reduce exposure and risk behaviours
Lessons from cancer control measures in high-income countries show that prevention works but that health promotion alone is insufficient. Adequate legislation plays an important role in reducing exposure and risk behaviours.


“Adequate legislation can encourage healthier behaviour, as well as having its recognized role in protecting people from workplace hazards and environmental pollutants,” stresses Dr Stewart. “In low- and middle-income countries, it is critical that governments commit to enforcing regulatory measures to protect their populations and implement cancer prevention plans.”

Stewart BW, Wild CP, editors (2014). World Cancer Report 2014. Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer.

IARC Press Release 224 (PDF)

(I have heard that despite growing evidence linking EMF/EMR with certain cancers, IARC chose not to challenge the wireless industry and didn’t give the matter the urgent attention it really deserves)

sensitive to pollution 4

Here’s another IARC report:

IARC Scientific Publication No. 161 Air Pollution and Cancer

Emissions from motor vehicles, industrial processes, power generation, the household combustion of solid fuel, and other sources pollute the ambient air across the globe. The precise chemical and physical features of ambient air pollution, which comprises a myriad of individual chemical constituents, vary around the world due to differences in the sources of pollution, climate, and meteorology, but

the mixtures of ambient air pollution invariably contain specific chemicals known to be carcinogenic to humans.

Recent estimates suggest that the disease burden due to air pollution is substantial.

Should industry be allowedNO!

Non-polluting ways of doing business need to be encouraged. Polluters need to pay to both prevent new pollution and clean up their messes. Wireless radiation exposure levels must be reduced. Carcinogens must be removed from everyday products and materials!

Economic activity that harms life should not be allowed to continue!

Let’s create a world based on health and well-being. It IS possible!

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5 responses to “Cancer Rates Rising for Children and Adults

  1. I assume the cancer rates are rising due to the Fukushima radiationj.

    • Could very well be a contributing factor now, but cancer rates were already rising before Fukushima (I was hearing “two out of three people will get cancer” years ago), so everyday pollutants and wireless radiation have been far bigger contributors. But who is to know for sure what the nuclear industry has leaked into our environment and how much it has affected our health? Their pollutants are certainly not benign.

      None of the polluting industries are held accountable for the health and environmental devastation they cause, and we have to work together change this!

  2. With the rise in temperatures due to Global Warming we will be exposed to many more VOC’s, not only the “fragrant” VOC’s (that we notice) but also those that we don’t percieve or smell.
    Those toxins that are burried in the earth or in the waters will also emerge to become “air bourne” and poison us even more (like mercury for example!) 😦 Mercury vapour is extremely toxic in very small quantities to every living being and mercury is now found in almost everything! 😦 you can’t smell it so “fragrance free” policy is just not really enough or accurate enough although it at least will help to eliminate part of the “toxic tresspassing” and hopefully to lower our body burdens!
    So “fresh air” will be very hard to find! If not impossible 😦
    Fresh water fish, songbirds, bees, Sea water fish and wildlife are already all affected and suffering from mercury poisoning. Reproduction, behaviour and general health has been scientifically proven to be affected in all species!
    They know that all these chemical toxins are accumulating and causing all these fatal diseases but they have brainwashed everyone to believe the contrary. “Uninformed Chemical Lobotomy without Consent”!
    Until this system comes to an end I can see no hope 😦 Only God can really save us all and we can only help each other through these difficult times as best posible! GREED has taken over the hearts of men and the only thing they live for is to make more money to satisfy their never ending GREED.
    Fukushima is only a small part of the Big picture! 😦
    If we all became aware and changed our ways right now it still could be too late to reverse Climate Change and Pollution or the POISONING of our environment and Ecosystems 😦
    Where is the Love?

    • I don’t think God is going to save us. God can illuminate our hearts and minds with what we need to do to save ourselves (as a whole… this includes each other). Jesus teaches us about being personally responsible for our actions and that we should take care of each other…

      If people don’t listen to the quiet murmurings in their hearts, and think the accumulation of the human construct called money is going to fill those holes in their hearts no matter what kind of trail of destruction they leave behind, and that just because they believe in God and Jesus that they will be saved when the planet is no longer fit for human (or other) life, then they will be sadly disappointed to discover that not only do they not end up in heaven, but the vast piles of money they have accumulated while making others suffer will not buy their way out of the hells they will fall into, which are worse than they could possibly imagine (although they could get little tastes of them by spending time with the people whose lives and communities they are destroying)…

      Not that me writing this down here will make much difference to them…

      But the rest of us can do whatever is in our power to look after and restore whatever little piece of the planet we have stewardship over, and spend our money (no matter how little it may be) in ways that help life instead of hinder it. Our actions do matter, no matter how small… the effects do ripple out…

      Sadly there is very little education in causes and effects that are long term (we have been so indoctrinated to think only of instant gratification and policies that last only to benefit a single political cycle) so most people don’t understand the effects of the actions they take. There’s a magical place called “away” where everything disappears to…

      We need more education and focus on kind heartedness and life cycles of activities… When we care about each other, there’s less chance of someone coming around to inflict harm on the community… the community won’t allow it.

      People who make policies sometimes understand the longer term effects of those policies, but sometimes they don’t. The decision to allow corporations rights with few responsibilities is one of the worst policies ever made as far as life is concerned.

      This is to say that our votes and phone calls to our “representatives” do matter… so we better take some time to learn what their policies will do down the line, no matter how good they sound in the immediate moment…

  3. “The key variable determining people’s sense of well-being is the presence or absence of chronic health conditions.

    Childhood cancer survivors have been found to have higher risks of heart disease, infertility, lung disease, cancers and other chronic conditions related largely to their prior chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.

    Examining health indicators in 18-to-49 year-olds who participate in the national Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS), the investigators found that only 20 percent reported no chronic conditions.

    As survival of childhood cancer has increased substantially since the 1970s, research has expanded into ways to reduce the toxicity of treatment to minimize late effects as well as cure the disease.

    Although a number of pediatric cancers are now treated with less intensive therapies, aggressive treatments with high toxicities remain part of care.”

    http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/child-cancer-survivors-views-on-health/

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