Cancer Kills in Southwest Ohio
Just for a moment, picture the people most precious to you. Now think about how cancer may have touched one or more of them—even your own life. Then you begin to understand how this disease and its sometimes devastating impact unites so many of us.
The good news in Ohio, and across the country, is that fewer people have been dying from cancer since 1990. The bad news is that Ohio’s cancer death rate is 8 percent higher than that of the nation as a whole.
Lung cancer remains the leading killer for both men and women in Ohio. The next most frequent killers are prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women. When an Ohioan is diagnosed with a new case of cancer, it is most likely to be one of these three.
In Butler and Warren counties alone, more than 2,200 people heard the words “You have cancer” between 2002 and 2006. More than 900 succumbed to the disease during that time. They could have been people you know.