Cancer Mortality Rates Dropped

According to American Cancer Society Facts & Figures cancer mortality rates from cancer have dropped by almost 30% in the last 26 years. From 1991 to 2017 the cancer death rate fell 29% which includes a 2.2% drop from 2016 to 2017. This represents the largest single-year drop in cancer mortality ever reported. Long term drops in death rates for the four major cancers, lung, colorectal, breast, and prostate is driving this trend

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the US. The dramatic reduction in mortality for lung cancer that has accelerated in recent years, (from 2% per year to 4% overall) spurred the record one-year drop in overall cancer mortality. Progress slowed for colorectal, breast, and prostate cancers.

According to the American Cancer Society’s newest report lung cancer death rates have dropped by 51% (since 1990) in men and by 26% (since 2002) in women, with the most rapid progress in recent years. For example, reductions in mortality accelerated from 3% per year during 2008-2013 to 5% per year during 2013-2017 in men and from 2% to almost 4% in women. However, lung cancer still accounts for almost one-quarter of all cancer deaths, more than breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers combined.

The original statistical paper can be read here.

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