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Cancer deaths in Wisconsin down, but other cancer diagnoses on the rise

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW)- Wisconsin is feeling the impact of the lowest cancer death rate in U.S. history.

The word "cancer" is something no one wants to hear.

But that dreadful diagnosis, does not mean the end for everyone.

New studies show cancer death rates fell 2.2% from 2016 to 2017, the biggest drop in decades.

"Lung cancer is getting down but at the same time we have noticed globally there are more incidents of obesity and obesity related cancers like endometrial cancer, or breast cancer," said Dr. Rezwan Islam an oncologist with Ascension Medical Group in Stevens Point.

Dr. Islam credits the decreasing lung cancer rates to education.

"They have taken measures to avoid smoking in public places and people are more aware not to smoke in front of others," Dr. Islam said.

However, the American Cancer Society reports Wisconsin will see more than 35,000 new cancer cases this year, with breast cancer being the highest.

Dr. Islam said the public needs to stay off processed food and exercise more to keep the rate low.

The good news, according to him, is breast and uterine cancers are being detected earlier which can help lower the mortality rate.

If cancer does run in your family, Dr. Islam said it's a good idea to learn more about gene counseling.

This way if you do have a greater chance of developing it doctors can take a different approach in treatment.

Victoria Saha

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