Cancer is a major disease which impacts the lives of people all over the world but the United States has one of the highest rates of cancer of any society on the globe. Approximately 450 of every 100,000 residents in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer every year, affecting more than 1.6 million people and resulting in nearly 600,000 deaths nationwide. Experts believe unhealthy lifestyles, higher rates of obesity, alcohol consumption and a persistent sedentary posture are the leading reasons the U.S. is the seventh leading country in rates of cancer. Smoking remains the number one factor in the incidence of lung cancer, particularly in those states that harbor a resilient tobacco producing industry. The most common forms of cancer throughout the states are breast, lung, prostate, colon, bladder, and skin.
In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania The Burden of Cancer in Pennsylvania, a report produced by the Pennsylvania Department of health, seeks to provide insights into the incidence, mortality, behavioral risks and the cost of cancer throughout the state; the disease that continues to be the second leading cause of death among Pennsylvanians. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cancer cost Pennsylvania an estimated $7.3 billion in medical costs and lost productivity annually.
Flanked on the east and west by the major metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, much of the remainder of Pennsylvania qualifies as a rural state. Traditionally major medical centers providing cancer treatment have been located in or near the two largest population centers, requiring long travel times for patients in more rural areas of the state who seek the latest in information, surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, hormone therapy, stem cell transplant, and precision medicine.
But in communities like Gettysburg and others across the state, the long commutes and isolation from the latest in cancer treatments and care is coming to an end. Gettysburg Cancer Center (GCC) has been a leading comprehensive center offering medical oncology, radiation and radiology services to their patients since 1989. Lead by a highly skilled and experienced team of Oncologist and cancer specialists, GCC is dedicated to providing insightful, compassionate care to all of their patients in the Central Pennsylvania communities.
The GCC staff works closely with the nearby Hershey Medical Center’s Surgical Oncology Department and collaborates with John Hopkins University and the NHI to bring the more complicated and advanced patient diagnoses and treatment services to their outlying community. Their mission is to provide individualized treatment, utilizing the best technical approach, and recognizing each patient’s psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs during their journey with their illness and healing.
Optimal treatment and diagnosis in early stages of cancer has proven to be a significant factor in the decline in the diseases mortality rates. With higher rates of incidence and mortality in communities with low and middle-income, access to affordable and quality cancer diagnosis and treatment is critical to stem the rise of the disease. GCC prides itself on its comprehensive team of compassionate and experienced staff to assist patients and their families in a concerted effort to provide the latest and most advanced cancer care.