The American Cancer Society projects that national cancer incidence will rise by 45% by 2030 – a year in which, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) projects, we will likely mark a 67% increase in cancer incidence among Americans over the age of 65.
In Rhode Island, which has the fourth highest cancer rates in the United States, about 40% of all residents are expected to develop cancer over the course of their lifetimes. Washington County’s cancer incidence rates are among the highest in Rhode Island – and they are expected to continue to rise, as our region, which has the fastest growing population in the state, continues to be a popular retirement destination.
Approximately 775 residents of Washington County are currently diagnosed with cancer every year. By 2020, that number is expected to increase to about 900 new cases annually. For every one of those people, and for their families, South County Hospital embraces people with cancer with information, support, and exemplary, interdisciplinary cancer care services.
Over the past four years, South County Health has seen a 50 percent increase in the number of patients diagnosed and/or treated in our Cancer Center. Our goal has always been to provide the most effective cancer treatments available without patients having to travel a great distance to get that treatment. Our motivation is to help cancer patients enjoy the highest quality of life possible throughout their journey. By joining a team or registering to run, you are saving lives and allowing our friends, family and neighbors to receive top quality care, close to home!