By Todd W. Vitaz, M.D.
Norton Neuroscience Institute
Across the board, Louisville and the state of Kentucky have cancer incidence and death rates that far exceed national averages. Each year, some 24,000 Kentuckians are diagnosed with cancer, and nearly 10,000 people die from this deadly disease.
So, while Louisville's health care providers are strong competitors, we all agree CANCER is the enemy, not each other, and that more cancer prevention, treatment and research facilities, services and programs benefit our community and region by escalating our fight against cancer.
This summer and fall, as Norton Cancer Institute has opened its new cancer treatment and research center in downtown Louisville, our community is reaping the benefits of innovative cancer treatment techniques, state-of-the-art technology, and enhanced cancer research efforts to battle lung, brain, sarcomas, breast, prostate and many other cancers, and thus save lives.
As the saying goes, a rising tide raises all boats – in this case, in the ongoing fight against cancer.