Cancer Diagnoses Will Rise in 2022, but Death Rates Fall: Resources for Managing a Diagnosis and Breaking Down Treatment Progress

Cancer in 2022

  • The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently released its 2022 report which examines expected cancer statistics for the new year.
  • Their findings revealed that while cancer diagnoses in 2022 are expected to increase, cancer deaths continue to decline. This is due to advances in research, treatment and screening methods.
  • SurvivorNet breaks down the resources available for people facing a diagnosis, such as finding support, working on your mindset, and not being afraid to get a second opinion.

Nearly two million cancer diagnoses are expected to occur among Americans in 2022, an increase from 2021, according to the American Cancer Society. However, the ACS also reported that cancer deaths continue to decline, indicating a trend that is occurring in mortality rates. To help those facing a diagnosis, SurvivorNet shares resources such as mental health, treatment progress and when to seek a second opinion.

Between 1991 and 2019, cancer deaths dropped by 32%, indicating incredible progress in cancer research, screening methods and treatment (immunotherapy being one of the best). Among some of the most notable advances in screening was the early detection of lung cancer, which is the deadliest form of cancer affecting Americans. Additionally, the ACS noted that death rates among people battling prostate and breast cancer have also seen a significant decrease due to thorough screening methods.

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It should be noted that the increase in cancer diagnoses may be due to delayed screenings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to an October 2020 survey of SurvivorNet, 30% of women said they delayed their mammograms for fear of COVID-19. Mammograms and other cancer screenings are the best way to catch signs of cancer early, and if these screenings are delayed, they can lead to not just more diagnoses, but later diagnoses. However, even with late-stage diagnosis, advances in treatment have helped those battling advanced cancer still have options.

Dr. Elizabeth Comen explains why it’s important that cancer screenings continue during COVID-19

Resources for managing a diagnosis

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be an overwhelming experience, but it’s important to know that resources are always available to you. Whether it’s a support system, prioritizing your mental health, or getting a second opinion, you and your doctor can work out the best way to handle this diagnosis and deal with it together.

Find a support system

Whether it’s a family member, a friend, or a support group of other cancer patients, support can come in many different forms. Having people around to help you through this difficult time is often a great way to motivate you to go through treatment, and also helps your mindset. Many cancer survivors have said that attending support groups has helped them tremendously because connecting with others who have gone through a similar experience has made them feel less alone in their fight. Of course, support groups aren’t always for everyone, so it’s important to recognize the help you need and not be afraid to ask for it.

Prioritize your mental health

Accepting a cancer diagnosis can be difficult, and it can be difficult to focus on anything other than treatment. However, studies have shown that a positive mindset can make a huge difference in the process and is actually linked to successful treatment results. In order to prioritize your mindset, consider taking time out of your day to do the things you enjoy, whether big or small.

Dr. Dana Chase explains why emotional and mental health during cancer is so important

Get a second opinion

When navigating treatment options, it’s never too early or too late to advocate or ask questions. Sometimes getting a second opinion can be helpful to learn all about your options and talk to expert specialists in the field. This way you can have all the information and be able to figure out what you feel most comfortable with and which one you think is the best option for you.

Related: Second (and Third) Opinions Matter When Deciding Between Surgery or Radiation

“If I had one piece of advice for you following a cancer diagnosis, it would be to first seek multiple opinions on the best care,” said Dr. Steven Rosenberg, chief of surgery at the National Cancer Institute. . SurvivorNet in a previous interview. “Because finding a doctor who is up to date with the latest information is important.”

Cancer research legend urges patients to get multiple opinions

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