A new report from the Michigan Cancer Consortium estimates 21,380 people in the state will die of cancer in 2018, while another 56,590 will be diagnosed.
The annual report stresses the importance of healthy living and preventative care to reduce cancer in the state.
“Maybe only 10 percent of cancers are hereditary, the other things are because we do those bad things like smoking and drinking and all the things we shouldn’t,” said Dr. Mitchell Berger, chief of oncology and hematology and interim COO at West Michigan Cancer Center in Kalamazoo.
Dr. Berger believes the report aims to empower people to take their health into their own hands and reduce cancer in the state.
Top risk factors for cancer in Michigan adults include smoking, obesity and drinking alcohol, according to Michigan Cancer Consortium's annual report.
“So just by very simple things you can do, it really helps. Because a lot of times people look at cancer and realize that there’s not a lot of control over cancer, that you feel powerless but that’s not totally the case,” Dr. Berger said.
The report also shows since 2013 HPV vaccinations in Michigan females increased from 24.2% to 41.6% in 2017.
HPV vaccinations in males climbed from 7.4% to 36.4% during that same time period.
The increase highlights progress made thus far and also the work that remains to be done to reach the goal of an 80% HPV vaccine completion rate.
Dr. Berger said, “I think it is encouraging, we do have some cancers where are making progress and the rates are going down this change in colorectal cancer is something that is a little bit disturbing.”
Over the last couple of years, Dr. Berger says there’s been a rise in the number of colon cancer cases in people under the age of 50, not just in Michigan but in other states around the country.