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It’s Not Numbers, It’s People. Thoughts on the Acs Cancer Stats for 2014…

Posted on the 16 January 2014 by Jean Campbell

The following post appeared on Cancer Survivorship Coaching Coalition, a membership group on LinkedIn. I cancerwrote and got permission from the author, Joni Aldrich to share it on this site.

Joni Aldrich is an Author, Speaker, W4CS (Cancer) Radio Co-Owner, Show Host also on iHeart Talk Radio, International Advocate, Columnist Top Contributor.

In the recently released report from Dr. Otis Brawley from the American Cancer Society, here is the estimate of the projected impact of cancer in America for 2014. “…an estimated 1,665,540 new cancers will be diagnosed in the U.S. during 2014, and 585,720 Americans will die of cancer, as reported online in the ACS journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.”

Having lost a mother and husband to cancer, their loss was not just statistics. When we look at these numbers, let’s remember this: The 1,665,540 new cancer diagnoses represents 4,563 people every day in the U.S. (AND THEIR FAMILIES) that will hear the words “you have cancer”. That is 190 men, women and children every hour of every day!

The 585,720 Americans that will die of cancer is 1,605 people every day that will lose their fight against their cancer, and 1,605 families that will lose loved ones–changing their lives FOREVER. That is 67 men, women and children that will die from cancer every hour of every day!

When we talk about the progress against cancer with the increase in survivorship, I believe that it is always important to realize that we must keep driving forward toward 1) finding a cure for the combination of different diseases that are defined as cancer; 2) more effective treatments that will also improve the quality-of-life of cancer survivors, and 3) support for the foundations that focus on helping those that unfortunately find themselves in Cancer World — a life-changing journey.

That being said, I will continue to keep spreading the word in books and through my radio shows that are now available on www.W4WN.com, www.W4CS.com, and iHeart Talk Radio at http://www.iheart.com/talk/show/Joni-Aldrich-SOS-Supporter-of/.

Patients and their families must also be a part of the solution. Beginning Feb. 7th at 2:00 p.m. ET, my new radio will be called The Literate Patient. To add to the effectiveness of this show, my co-host each Friday will be Dr. Melissa Stewart, author of “Practical Patient Literacy: The Medagogy Model”. We must all be informed, educated, alert and involved in our health and medical care.

My personal wish is that these 2014 estimates are way too high, and that those who are living with a cancer diagnosis will live to have many more birthdays!


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