U.S. cancer death rates show positive downtrend

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Cancer is one of the top most life threatening diseases in the world. According to recent statistics, lung cancer is the no. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States. Breast cancer comes in no. 2 for women, prostate cancer is the second most common killer of men, and colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death for both sexes. The latest report from American Cancer Society reveals positive news that cancer death rates continues to go down.

 

 

There are 15 cancer sites for men and women according to National Cancer Institute.

Top 15 Cancer Sites for Men and Women
Cancer Type Men:
New Cases
Men:
Deaths
Women:
New Cases
Women:
Deaths
Bladder _ _ +0.2% +0.4%
Brain -0.5% -1.0% _ -1.1%
Breast     -2.0% -1.9%
Cervix     -3.5% _
Colon/rectum -3.0% -3.9% -2.2% -3.4%
Esophagus +0.7% +0.4%    
Kidney +1.8% -1.5% +2.4% -0.6%
Leukemia +0.1% -0.8% +0.3% -1.6%
Liver +3.6% +2.4%   +1.8%
Lung -1.8% -2.0% +0.4% _
Melanoma +3.1% +2.0% +3.0%  
Myeloma +0.7% -1.1%   -2.4%
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma _ -3.0% +1.1% -3.7%
Oral -1.2% -2.2% -0.9%  
Ovary     -2.1% -1.4%
Pancreas _ _ +1.7% +0.1%
Prostate -2.4% -4.1%    
Stomach -2.0% -3.7%   -2.7%
Thyroid     +6.3%  
Uterus     -0.5% _
Trends data are based on the most recent trends in rates and variable time periods. The “—” symbol indicates neither a statistically significant...



rise nor fall in the rates during the time period studies. Blank spaces indicate cancers that were not in the top 15 for that gender/category.

 

About the report
The report suggests that

  • Death rates for all cancer types fell by 2% per year from 2001 to 2006 among men and 1.5% per year from 2002 to 2006 in women
  • New cases of colorectal cancer fell 3% per year in men and 2.2% per year for women from 1998 to 2006
  • Lung cancer rates have fallen in men by 1.8% each year since 1991 and finally started leveling off among women.
  • The overall U.S. death rate from cancer in 2007 was 178.4 per 100,000 people, a 1.3 percent drop from 2006, when the rate was 180.7 per 100,000.

 

Health experts mentioned that the declined mortality rates are due to decline in smoking, better treatments, and early detection of cancer. The study documents the success of medical fraternity and latest research towards cancer.

Source: Reuters

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