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Cancer jaw droppers

First Aired: March 9, 2014

According to the National Institute for Cancer Research, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide each year, making cancer the leading cause of death. Yet, the National Cancer Institute says that it is a “common misconception” to consider cancer an epidemic. How can that be?

Reports of influenza deaths top the news lately; 64 North Carolinians have died from the flu since October. During that same 146-day period, 7,446 people throughout our state have died of cancer at a rate of 51 people per day, according to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts and Figures 2013. Nationally, 1,600 people die daily from cancer, meaning that, from October to mid-February, 233,600 Americans have died from cancer. Why don’t we hear more about the daily cancer crisis? Tune in for these and other head-scratching questions about cancer.

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