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Cancer will be number one killer in United States

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According to a new report from the American society of Clinical Oncology, cancer will become the leading cause of death in the United States in 16 years.

Currently, heart disease is the number one cause.

The number of new cancer cases is expected to increase nearly 45% by 2030, from 1.6 million cases to 2.3 million cases annually.

Scottsbluff Doctor Vincent Bjorling knows cancer well. He has dealt with patients suffering from all cancers, in all stages.

He says that there has been a dramatic improvement of life expectancy over the years and with longer life comes greater risk of cancer. Bjorling also says that the numbers have been fairly steady among patients that come in to Regional West Medical Center.

"We are obviously seeing the trends that everybody else sees as well. This is a population that's a little bit older compared to some of the other populations around the state and as a result of that, we will see quite a few malignancies," says Bjorling. "Now if people ask, 'Is there an increase risk here?' We really don't believe that, if you age adjust them. So if you take out the influence that age has, our cancer rates look comparable to other places in the state."

According to Dr. Bjorling, although cases of cancer are increasing, so is the survival rate.

"We're winning the battles too on our end," says Bjorling. "We're just getting more patients because people are living longer."

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