First Thing, Daily Maverick's flagship newsletter

Join the 230 000 South Africans who read First Thing newsletter.

A South African Hero: You

There’s a 99.7% chance that this isn’t for you. Only 0.3% of our readers have responded to this call for action.

Those 0.3% of our readers are our hidden heroes, who are fuelling our work and impacting the lives of every South African in doing so. They’re the people who contribute to keep Daily Maverick free for all, including you.

We need so many more of our readers to join them. The equation is quite simple: the more members we have, the more reporting and investigations we can do, and the greater the impact on the country. We are inundated with tip-offs; we know where to look and what to do with the information when we have it – we just need the means to help us keep doing this work.

Be part of that 0.3%. Be a Maverick. Be a Maverick Insider.

Support Daily Maverick→
Payment options

US high-risk cancer rates dropping, but obesity tumours...

Defend Truth

US high-risk cancer rates dropping, but obesity tumours lurk

According to federal government figures, rates of cancer in the US have slowed over six years, both for deaths from the disease and new diagnoses. Four of the big cancer killers, lung, colon, prostate, and breast, have declined most. This is wonderful news, which specialists attribute to declines in cigarette smoking, better and earlier cancer detection methods, and improved treatments, particularly those matched to a specific tumour type. New diagnoses for all types of cancer decreased almost 1% a year on average from 1999 to 2006, while cancer deaths decreased 1.6% a year from 2001 to 2006. But experts fear these successes could be wiped out by the nation's obesity crisis, as fat cells fuel tumour growth, with about one-third of cancer cases now linked to obesity. Read more: Business Week


Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted