I am Lauren Ducote. I am pursuing a double major in Public Health and Biology. This course peaked my interest because cancer has effected many of us personally. I hope to gain insight into a disease that causes fear and trepidation upon it's diagnosis. A scientific introduction to the biology of cancer will provide a more analytical perspective when viewing this disease.
The National Cancer Institute has reported that since the mid-1970's a significant increase in 5-year survival rate for all cancers has occurred due to advances in diagnostics. Although, incidence has increased possibly due to the improvements in diagnostics and screening. The advances described in this article provide a sense of optimism that the diagnosis of cancer in the future will not be met with trepidation. The bimodal graph below curtesy of the National Cancer Institutes Bulletin demonstrates the trend: