Cancer is one of the hardest-hitting diseases in our modern society. Even though doctors haven’t conquered cancer thus far, it’s reasonable to say that in the future, the medical community will have mitigated the prevalence and lethality of cancer, just as modern medicine has all but eliminated the chances of dying or being permanently disabled from polio, smallpox, strep throat, and related illnesses that are nothing more than minor problems in today’s world.
A survey conducted by physicians and researchers from the Department of Clinical Sciences at the University of Texas, the Dallas-based Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Department of Internal Medicine at the same university has indicated the general likelihood of people who have already been diagnosed with cancer once before and beat the disease involuntarily succumbing to such a diagnosis again.
The meta-analysis conducted found that, of roughly 741,000 individuals recently diagnosed with cancer, about 25 percent of people older than 64 years of age had experienced cancer before, whereas only 11 percent of individuals younger than 65 years of age experienced the same condition.
Further, depending on the particular type of cancer patients had experienced in the past, the prevalence of past cancer rates ranged from only 4 percent, all the way up to 37 percent, for more pervasive strains, and areas of the body affected that are generally harder to cure.
The aforementioned study was conducted across the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program – often called the SEER program – and contained sources of cancer related information in clinical settings from such registries dating from as far back as 1975, to as recently as 2013.
Arguably the most positive finding of the study is that survival rates are improving, and physicians are collectively learning more about the treatment of the disease.
Eric Lefkofsky is a Co-founder of Tempus, a technological organization that is currently building a digital library of information directly related to molecular biological data, as well as clinical performance information.
Mr. Lefkossky began his career at the University of Michigan, earning both a bachelor’s and juris doctorate at the school. His entrepreneurial spirit originally led him to sell carpet during school. After graduation, he founded an apparel company the rest is history.
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