I've been posting recently about Cancer, and how various forms of cancer are now the leading cause of death in the U.S. This interest is personal - I've lost my father to cancer, as well as some close friends - and professional - Aperio's customers are the Pathologists who diagnose cancer and researchers attempting to cure it. Recently I came across some comprehensive statistics from the American Cancer Society which quantify the problem. A summary of these statistics is shown at right.
In the U.S, in 2004, over 560,000 people will die as a result of cancer. That's about the same as the entire populations of Boston or San Francisco. Wow, talk about a killer.
At least I can get up in the morning knowing I'm working on the right problem.