Cancer Mortality Rates
A number of crystallographers have been studying macromolecules related to various aspects of cancer. How much has research in general reduced the mortality in the USA (unable to find world wide data) over the last 60 years?
How was this graph made?
The above graph is from slide 6 of this powerpoint presentation by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (reference: www.cdc.gov/nchs/ppt/hpdata2010/focusareas/fa03_charts.ppt)
For the 2000-05 data, the closest link can be found here, after which select cancer in the top toggle.
The stability of the cancer mortality rate in the USA over about the last 60 years is fascinating. Before seeing this data, I would have assumed that with all the money spent on cancer research that we would have significantly reduced the mortality rate.
Implication, if you have cancer today, you have about the same chance of living as in 1950.
I had never seen this information by any news agency and thought it would be worth discussing, thoughts?
As a side note, thanks Norm for digging through the CDC website to find this information.