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New Jersey cancer rate drops

On the list of cancer rates in the United States, many of the Northeast’s states can be found near the top. While New Jersey is not among the states with the very highest rates (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine), it’s in the second highest grouping, along with New York and Vermont, among others.

Despite the relatively high ranking, the good news to be found in a recent article is that the lung cancer rate in the Garden State is trending downward. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, though New Jersey is among the second highest tier of cancer incidence, it’s in the second lowest for cancer fatalities.

Of course, for those fighting cancer, aggressive treatments often mean work becomes impossible. The side effects associated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy can be devastating, though the treatments themselves can enable people to survive the disease.

At the same time, SSDI benefits can help them survive the financial hardships imposed on them by the illness.

A New Jersey surgical oncologist and member of the board of directors of the American Cancer Society said the goal is get New Jersey into the lowest tier of states for cancer incidence, though the Garden State’s population density makes that a challenge.

Though we have challenges to overcome, it should be noted that cancer survival rates continue to improve. The rate goes up about one percent per year; a remarkably swift rise.

Though lung cancer rates are dropping in our state, some types of cancers are on the rise, including leukemia, pancreatic cancer, and cancer of the thyroid and uterus.

In some cases, people fighting cancer gain swift approval of Social Security Disability benefits, while in other situations, applications are denied. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration allows applicants to appeal a denial with the assistance of an attorney.    

Source: NJ1015.com, "Cancer rates are down in New Jersey," Kelly Waldron, July 19, 2014

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