A comprehensive report released today by the American Association for Cancer Research details progress against cancer thanks to biomedical research and advances in prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment. The same report details the projected rise in cancer incidence and associated costs as the nation’s population ages and the need for sustained federal investment in cancer research.
Ralph de Vere White, Associate Dean for Cancer Programs, professor of Urology and director of the region’s only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. De Vere White oversees a $99 million cancer research enterprise, which includes 225 scientists and 377 projects, and a clinical center that cares for more than 10,000 adults and children with cancer each year. De Vere White can comment on advances in cancer detection and treatment, as well as the need for a focus on cancer health disparities among various populations and to vastly improve outcomes for people with advanced cancers.
More than 1.6 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in 2013, and more than 580,350 Americans will die from one of the more than 200 types of cancer. Total economic costs of cancer in 2008 were over $200 billion. Global cancer incidence is predicted to increase from 12.8 million new cases in 2008 to 22.2 million in 2030.
De Vere White is available for media interviews by telephone or in person. Please contact Dorsey Griffith to coordinate.