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Full 2010 SC Cancer Report Card
Letter and Table of Contents
Introduction and Rankings
Strategies for Cancer Prevention
Oral Cavity and Pharynx
Partners and Resources
Methods and Key Resources
For more information on the 2010 SC Cancer Report Card contact SCCA epidemiologist Ginie Daguise, PhD, at 803-545-4942
View or download the 2004 SC Cancer Report Card at the bottom of this page.
The report card was developed by the SC Cancer Alliance (SCCA) to provide a better understanding of where we are as a state regarding cancer mortality, incidence, prevention, early detection and racial disparities.
2. Will there be future report cards?
- Almost 50% of deaths occurred in the top 3 cancers: lung, colorectal and breast; over 8,300 people died of cancer in 2002 in South Carolina.
- South Carolinians have higher rates of smoking and obesity than the nation. SC has a higher percentage of people without healthcare than the nation’s average.
- Racial disparities are evident in South Carolina. African-Americans have much higher rates of dying from breast (women), colorectal, esophageal, oral, and prostate cancers.
- South Carolina for all cancers has a lower incidence rate (rate of new cancers) than the National average. The US rates for the year 2000 is 464.2 per 100,000 and for South Carolina it is 442.9 per 100,000. This earns us a grade of A among the 42 states. The difference between US and SC rates is more than 2 standard deviations above the mean.
- South Carolina has a grade of ‘F’ for mortality. We do not know exactly why South Carolinian’s have higher that average rates of dying. Many factors are involved. On average South Carolinians have high levels of obesity and smoking. We also eat differently than other parts of the US. We also have a very rural population for which access to care is often a problem. We know that 14.5% of South Carolinians reported having no health Insurance in the past 12 months (BRFSS).
- Death rates vary by cancer type because cancer is a multitude of diseases. They must each be looked at independently. Risk factors, availability of screening methods etc. are different for each cancer. Different populations (age, race, sex, etc.) are affected by different cancers, cell types etc.
Full SC Cancer Report Card
Introduction and Table of Contents
Overall Grades for SC
Melanoma of the skin
References and Thanks
For more information on the SC Cancer Report Card contact SCCA Epidemiologist Ginie Daguise, PhD, at 803-545-4942