The American Cancer Society has released its annual report on cancer rates throughout the United States. As reported in a Star Ledger article posted on NJ.com, there will be a national total of 1,665,540 new cases of cancer during 2014, including 585,720 cancer deaths. While the report found that cancer rates across the nation have been on a slow but steady decline over the past several years, not all states were positively affected.
The state of New Jersey continues to have the seventh highest cancer rate in the nation. Reports indicate that there will be approximately 51,000 cancer-related deaths during 2014, with prostate, lung, and breast cancer being the chief diseases causing cancer fatalities.
Reports show that New Jersey has a higher rate of incidents of almost all types of cancer compared to the national averages; including lung, breast, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, colorectal, prostate, bladder, and urinary cancers. Only lung cancer rates for men in New Jersey were lower than the national average.
Throughout the United States, the American Cancer Society report found that men still have slightly higher cancer death rates than women. And while African American men had the largest decline in cancer fatalities, they still have much higher death rates than other men for every major type of cancer.
Surviving cancer and being provided with effective treatment requires timely diagnosis. If you or a loved one has been affected by a failure to diagnose or timely diagnose cancer, you may be able to pursue claims for losses related to mortality issues, an unnecessary progression in the disease process affecting prognosis, and/or losses associated with the need for more extensive treatment.
To learn more about whether you may have a case and what legal course you may be able to pursue, call the New Jersey cancer misdiagnosis lawyers at Blume Forte by dialing (973) 635-5400. A no-cost consultation is available that may be of assistance to you.