Annual Report of New Cancer Cases and Mortality for the Greater Bay Area
The total rates of new cancer cases and cancer mortality have continued to steadily decline, particularly for prostate, breast, colorectal, and lung cancers.
However, declines in these cancers were not observed in all racial/ethnic groups.
FREMONT, CA (October 2, 2017) — The rates of new cancer cases (incidence) and mortality, measured per 100,000 population, have decreased significantly from 1988 through 2014, the recent period for which data are available, according to the Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC).
This newly released report summarizes the current rates for new cancer cases and cancer mortality for the most common cancers in the Greater Bay Area, with an emphasis on the most recent five years (2010-2014).
The Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry, operated by CPIC as part of the California Cancer Registry, collects information according to state law on all newly diagnosed cancers in residents of nine Greater Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz).
From 2010-2014, 156,856 new cancer cases were diagnosed in the Greater Bay Area. In 2014 alone, 31,297 new cases of cancer were diagnosed. From 1988 through 2014, the rate of all new invasive cancer cases declined by 26.7 percent among males and 11.1 percent among females.
The five most common invasive cancers—breast, prostate, lung and bronchus, colorectal, and melanoma—accounted for over half of all newly diagnosed cancers.
According to Scarlett Lin Gomez, Director of the Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry, “We continue to see a decrease in rates of new cancer cases for many cancers in part due to better prevention, such as reduction in smoking, and greater uptake of screening measures, such as increase in colorectal cancer screening.”
From 2005-2014, cancer mortality rates for the Greater Bay Area declined for all cancers combined by an average of 2.2 percent per year.
The report segments new cancer cases and cancer mortality rates by cancer site, sex, and racial/ethnic background, and provides regional, statewide and national comparisons. Key
highlights for the rates of new cancer cases and mortality for the five most common cancers among Greater Bay Area residents are listed below.
· Breast Cancer
o Most commonly diagnosed cancer among Greater Bay Area females accounting for about one-third of all invasive cancers diagnosed annually.
· Prostate Cancer
o Most commonly diagnosed cancer among Greater Bay Area males.
o Since 2012, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force has recommended against screening in all age groups which has likely impacted the rates of new cases. Compared to all of California and nationally, Greater Bay Area males had a significantly higher rate of new prostate cancers diagnosed among whites, Hispanics and Asian/Pacific Islander males
· Lung and Other Smoking-Related Cancers
o The rate of new cancer cases for all Greater Bay Area residents combined continued to decrease by an average of 3 percent per year from 2007 through 2014.
o Second most common invasive cancer diagnosed among white males in the Greater Bay Area. In other U.S. populations, melanoma ranks fifth.
o Over the past decade, the rate of new melanoma cases diagnosed among whites has been significantly higher and increased more rapidly in the Greater Bay Area than in California overall.
· Colorectal Cancer
o Third most commonly diagnosed cancer among Greater Bay Area males and females.
Read the full review for a comprehensive overview of new cancer cases and mortality rates in the Greater Bay Area.
About the Cancer Prevention Institute of California
The Cancer Prevention Institute of California is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing cancer and to reducing its burden where it cannot yet be prevented. We are the only freestanding research institution working solely to prevent cancer using extensive population data. Our researchers study a wide range of cancer risk factors, such as racial/ethnic background, socioeconomic status, age, occupation, gender, genetic predisposition, geographic location, environment and lifestyle to determine how these factors affect frequency, distribution and types of cancers. For more information, visit the CPIC website at www.cpic.org.
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