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Cancer Death Rates Drop

Overall cancer death rates continue to decrease in men, women and children for all major racial and ethnic groups, according to a joint report from a number of organizations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

1.8%

The amount cancer death rates decreased among men from 2010 to 2014.

1.4%

The amount they decreased among women.

1.6%

The amount they decreased among children.

Source: "Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2014," National Cancer Institute, March 31, 2017

 

Sexually Transmitted Risk

Almost 23 percent of U.S. adults ages 18 to 59 had a type of genital human papillomavirus — the most common sexually transmitted infection — that put them at high risk of certain cancers.

The percentage jumped to more than 42 percent in 2013 and 2014 if any type of genital HPV was included.

In both groups, prevalence was higher in men than in women.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, April 2017

 

Zika Birth Defects Significant

5% of babies born to U.S. mothers with possible Zika in 2016 had birth defects.

10% of babies born to mothers with confirmed Zika had birth defects.

15% of babies born to mothers with confirmed Zika in the first trimester had birth defects.

Only 1 in 4 babies with possible congenital Zika were reported to have received brain imaging after birth.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Heroin Use Disorder Rate Triples

1.6%

The proportion of U.S. adults who reported using heroin at some point in their life when surveyed in 2012–13.

0.7%

The proportion who met the criteria for a heroin use disorder (dependence on or abuse of the drug).

These figures were up from 0.3% and 0.2%, respectively, in 2001–02. The study showed the greatest increases among men, whites, those with low income and education, and — for heroin use disorder — younger people.

Source: Silvia S. Martins et al., "Changes in U.S. Lifetime Heroin Use and Heroin Use Disorder," JAMA Psychiatry, March 29, 2017