Hundreds of people will gather at the Moorefield Town Park this Saturday, Aug. 12, to continue the fight against Cancer.
This disease has affected nearly every family you know, either a relative or a friend. It is very slowly being brought under control, but the statistics are still staggering and the fight must continue. It will be events like these Relays, held all over the country, which help fund research.
In 2017, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,920 cancer deaths in the US.
This year in West Virginia, the ACS also estimates that there will be 11,690 cases of all types of cancer and there will be an estimated 4,780 deaths.
In 2016 there were estimated to be 107,520 cancer survivors in West Virginia. That’s the good news. As is the fact that from 1991 until 2010 there was a 20 percent decline in the cancer death rate. Plus the 5-year survival rate also continues to improve.
Good news, yes, but this isn’t good enough.