Cancer is widespread in West Virginia. This year alone it is estimated that more than 10,000 people will have a diagnosis of cancer, and that more than 4,000 will die from the disease. Overall, West Virginia has a significantly higher rate of cancer than the national average. Our home in the Appalachian region suffers a much higher mortality rate for all cancers, exceeding even the national rate. Several factors indicate that the oncology patient volume at CAMC will experience significant growth in the years ahead, the most obvious being our state's aging population and concentration of Baby Boomers. Cancer is largely tied to the simple factor of aging. This reality is driving up the number of patients who annually need treatment.
"Across the entire United States, the lifetime probability of developing cancer is shockingly high. For men the probability is 1 in 2; for women it is 1 in 3. Though hard to consider, the odds clearly demonstrate that we will all be touched by the diagnosis of cancer at some point in our lives."
- StevenJubelirer, MD, DLCC