The fight against cancer is long-enduring and there is, as of yet, no single cure for the disease. It remains one of the most deadly diseases in the United States, the second-leading cause of death behind heart disease. But how many people actually pass away every year?
The statistics can help to put things into perspective. In 2018, the estimates for cancer-related deaths put it at 609,640 people for the year. That works out to around 1,670 people every day. For every 100,000 men and women in the United States, 163.5 people pass away each year. That is the cancer mortality rate based on statistics from 2011 to 2015, as reported by the National Cancer Institute.
That said, just because there is not a blanket cure, like a vaccine, does not mean that nothing can be done. Cancer can often be removed through surgery, especially in external cases like skin cancer. Chemotherapy can be used on internal cancer and often causes it to stop growing or go into remission.
There are a lot of factors that play into how effective these treatments are, such as how advanced the cancer is and where it is located. One thing that is certain, though, is that starting the process as soon as possible gives a patient the best chance of surviving. That’s what makes it so important to get a diagnosis at the earliest stage. Advanced cancer is harder to treat and more likely to be deadly.
If a doctor’s error impacts your cancer treatment through an unnecessary delay or leads to the death of a loved one, be sure you know what steps you can take to obtain compensation for your losses and hold the negligent party accountable.