U.S. Cancer Experts' Report Emphasizes Successes, Need for More Funding | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

The fight against cancer has made “amazing progress,” according to the annual progress report of the American Association for Cancer Research. Thanks to advances in cancer prevention and treatment, death rates from malignant cancers in the U.S. have fallen 24.5% for men and 15.8% for women since 1990, resulting in an estimated 1 million lives saved. However, the aging population will result in a sharp increase in the number of people living with cancer, both in the U.S. and worldwide. The report therefore argues for increased funding for cancer research. A special highlight in the report focuses on cancer immunology, which utilizes the body’s own immune system to fight cancer, and which has made significant advances in recent years.