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HEALTH BY THE NUMBERS BY ALLISON THOMAS

TAKING CANCER DOWN

25

%

Overall cancer death rates declined by 25
percent-translating to more than 2.1 million
fewer deaths-between 1991 and 2014. This
progress is reflected in falling death rates for
the four most common types of cancer.

COLORECTAL

50%

from 1975 to 2014

LUNG

BREAST

43%

38%

in men since 1990

from 1989 to 2014

PROSTATE

LUNG

17%

3%

in women since 2002

annually since 1999

SOURCE: American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2017

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someone is facing cancer. But we also focus
on what kind of strengths and coping skills
this person brings to the table and how can
we enhance those to help them through
treatment and beyond," says Jesse Dice, one
of three licensed clinical social workers at
the UVA Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center.
As patients go through treatment at UVA,
psychological services are free.
Dice and his colleagues employ different
techniques, from mindfulness meditation to
cognitive-behavioral and emotion-focused
therapy. As a mobile group, these mental
health professionals often go to meet with a
patient during visits to the infusion chemotherapy or radiation therapy clinics. In addition to individual and family counseling, UVA
social workers facilitate support groups for
those who have certain types of cancers.

WEBSITE

Get Help
Coping with
Emotions
UVA Cancer Center
psychologists and licensed
clinical social workers
can help you better
manage the emotional
side of cancer. Learn
more at uvahealth.com/
cancer-counseling.

ILLUSTRATION BY THINKSTOCK

A cancer diagnosis means that certain cells
in a person's body have started to grow
uncontrollably. But for the individual and
family facing cancer, it means their whole
world has been turned upside down.
The emotional toll of a cancer diagnosis
can sometimes be as challenging as the physical symptoms. Recognizing this, UVA Cancer
Center has a team of professionals dedicated
to helping individuals, couples and families
better cope with the psychological aspects
of cancer. This team includes licensed clinical social workers and psychologists. They
help patients at all stages, from adjusting to
a new diagnosis to facing an unknown future
after successfully going through treatment
and becoming a "survivor."
"We are concerned about depression
and anxiety, which are more common when


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