Since the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
recommended against screening
for prostate cancer, the debate has been furious. In fact, screening rates are likely to remain high, because most urologists disagree
with the recommendations. One argued, "If you don’t do it, it’s negligent." (The debate is not new. Previously
on Metafilter.) [more inside]
According to new data released by the CDC yesterday,
more Americans are surviving cancer
thanks to advances in increased early detection and treatment
. CDC analysis shows an unprecedented 20% increase in survival rates between 2001 and 2007, which is nearly a quadruple increase since 1971
. [more inside]
- a network of online data libraries on topics including census data, economic data, health data, income and unemployment data, population data, labor data, cancer data, crime and transportation data, family dynamics, vital statistics data
Physicians and scientists around the world even go as far as to state that smoking leads to premature death.
Don’t we all know someone who smokes constantly, even heavily, yet is still living — or has lived — to the mature age of eighty, ninety, and older? Furthermore, the MDs and PhDs state that smoking causes cancer and emphysema. If this diagnosis were definitive, wouldn’t these afflictions affect all smokers equally, rather than the small percentage that it actually does affect?