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UNLV report: Increased cases, decreased testing for cancer

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Updated: 10/17/2012 2:10 pm
LAS VEGAS -- An annual average of 11,200 new cancer cases were recorded during 2006-08 in Nevada, according to a study from UNLV.

Nevada has high incidence and mortality rates compared with other southwestern states.

Nevada shows low rates for all forms of cancer screening, particularly for women.

Nevadan women, especially whites, show among the highest mortality rates for lung, colorectal and liver cancers in the country.

Nevada’s racial and ethnic disparities in cancer rates and outcomes are similar to those observed elsewhere.

Cancer survival is relatively low in Nevada, especially in southern Nevada. Nine percent of Nevadans seek diagnosis and treatment out-of state.

Opportunities to reduce Nevada’s disadvantages exist in primary prevention, early detection, and better quality of treatment.

In total there is an average of 612 lung cancer deaths in Nevada women each year, 120 of which are beyond the expected 492 deaths by this cause.

Further study of the tobacco-related cancer occurrence in Nevada women (both from tobacco use and second-hand smoke) should be a priority, as should colorectal screening, especially in those of low income.

Important disparities between the north and south of Nevada are observed, with the south having significantly higher incidence, higher mortality, lower screening rates and lower survival rates.

Approximately 70 percent of all cancers occur in the south.

-- From news release
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