Quoted from The Hundred-Year Lie:
From 1950 to 2001 the incidence for all types of cancer in the United States increased by 85 percent, and that was the age-adjusted rate, which means the increase has nothing to do with people living longer. The fastest-growing rate of cancer for any age group over the past two decades has been among children, who cannot be accused of having smoked or partied or worked or stressed themselves into a diseased state.
Since 1950, the year I was born, the explosive growth in certain types of cancer has become mind-numbing. Skin melanoma cases are up 690 percent. Prostate cancer up 286 percent. Thyroid cancer up 258 percent. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma up 249 percent. Liver and intrahepatic cancer up 234 percent. Kidney and renal pelvis cancers up 182 percent, and the list goes on.
Randall Fitzgerald, The Hundred-Year Lie, pg. 30