Mixed results for cancer stats in Delaware

By Carl Kanefsky 3:54pm, April 30, 2013 - Updated 5:25pm, April 30, 2013
A new report from the Delaware Division of Public shows fewer Delawareans are dying from cancer.

"We're seeing significantly fewer deaths. We have gone from number 2 to number 14 as far as our cancer mortality rate. Our cancer mortality decrease is much faster than the rest of the nation," according to Dr. Karyl Rattay, Director of the Delaware Division of Public Health.

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But not all of the news in the latest report of the state's cancer incidence and mortality is good.

"We are seeing some increases in Delaware in cancers such as kidney, liver, pancreas, thyroid. In fact, for malignant melanoma of the skin, here in Delaware, we're actually seeing a 60% increase," Rattay says.

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Rattay credits better screening, early detection, and better treatment as a reason for the reduction in cancer deaths in the state.

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