Annual Report to Nation Reveals Cancer Rates Continue to Decline
A JOINT REPORT on national cancer statistics revealed that rates of death in the
United States from all cancers for men and
women continued to decline between 2003
and 2007—the most recent reporting period
available—according to the latest Annual
Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer.
The report also found that the combined
overall rate of new cancer diagnoses for men
and women decreased an average of slightly
less than 1 percent per year for the same peri-
od. The drop in cancer death rates continues
a trend that began in the early 1990s.
Alabama has one of the highest rates of
cancer morality in the nation.
In 2010, Alabama was esti-
mated to have had 23,640 new
cases of cancer and 10,150 deaths
from the disease, excluding basal-
and squamous-cell skin cancers.
The report shows that cancer-death rates
were highest among black men and black
women, although this group also showed the
largest decline for the period between 1998
and 2007 compared with other racial groups.
The national report also finds, for the first
time, that lung cancer death rates decreased
in women, more than a decade after rates
began dropping in men.
The report is co-
authored by researchers
from the North American Association of
Central Cancer Registries, the National
Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention and the American
ETTY “Tika” Benveniste, Ph.D.,
chair of the UAB
Department of Cell
Biology and UAB
has been selected
to join scientific experts from across the
country on a new council that will advise the
Center for Scientific Review (CSR) at the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the
peer review of grant applications in scientific
review groups at CSR.
The group’s input will help ensure the
vitality of CSR peer-review groups so that
the billions of dollars the NIH invests in
biomedical research grants each year can
advance research with the most promise for
saving lives and improving public health. The
council also will provide input concerning
CSR’s policies and practices related to the
receipt and referral of NIH grant applications
to CSR review groups.
Benveniste Named to Prestigious NIH Committee
u A b C o m P r e H e N S I V e C A N C e r C e N T e r 25
THE UAB Breast Health Center, part of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, is the
first in Alabama and its multistate region to
be accredited by the National Accreditation
Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
UAB is the first NAPBC-accredited
breast center in Alabama, as well as the only
NAPBC-accredited center in the region that
includes Mississippi, the Florida Panhandle
and western Georgia.
The National Accreditation Program for
Breast Centers is a consortium of national
professional organizations dedicated to the
improvement of the quality of care and
monitoring of outcomes for patients with
diseases of the breast. This mission is pur-
sued through standard-setting, scientific
validation and patient and professional edu-
NAPBC accreditation is granted only to
those centers that have voluntarily commit-
ted to provide the best in breast cancer diag-
nosis and treatment and are able to comply
with established NAPBC standards. Each
center must undergo a rigorous evaluation
and review of its performance and compli-
ance with the NAPBC standards. To main-
tain accreditation, centers must undergo an
on-site review every three years.
UAB Breast Health Center Receives Accreditation