USA cancer death rate goes down, find out why

USA cancer death rate goes down, find out why

Advances in early detection and treatment, along with a drop in smoking, are believed to be responsible for much of the 26 percent drop since 1991, said the findings in the American Cancer Society's comprehensive annual report.

'This new report reiterates where cancer control efforts have worked, particularly the impact of tobacco control, ' said Dr Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society.

In both men and women in the United States, the cancer death rate declined by about 1.5% annually from 2006 to 2015, according to a study published online January 4 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

Cancer is still a serious cause for concern: The researchers project that there will be more than 1.7 million new cases of cancer diagnosed in 2018 and 609,640 deaths from the disease.

'Strikingly though, tobacco remains by far the leading cause of cancer deaths today, responsible for almost three in ten cancer deaths, ' he added.

Cancer deaths numbered 595,930 in 2015, with lung, prostate, and colorectal cancers in men and lung, breast, and colorectal cancers in women accounting for 45% of cancer mortality.

Since 1991, the decline in cancer mortality has translated to approximately 2,378,600 fewer cancer deaths than what would have occurred had peak rates persisted, the researchers reported. Be that as it may, it's the main executioner in many states and among Hispanic and Asian Americans, the report noted.

In relation to breast cancer, the death rate gets fall to 39 percent from 1989 to 2015. On the other hand, lack of insurance among younger black Americans may contribute to their higher mortality rate compared to whites.

"The overall decline is driven by decreasing death rates for the four major cancer sites", the group said. It likewise fell 52 percent from 1970 to 2015 for colorectal growth, the report stated, in spite of the fact that since the mid-2000s that rate has really expanded marginally in people more youthful than 55.

Among women, breast, lung and colorectal cancers total half of all cases.

Women have a 37.6 percent percent chance of ever being diagnosed with cancer.

The racial gap between black and white cancer mortality rates remained "significant" in 13 states, yet Kentucky and West Virginia, where there were not such disparities, had the highest death rates for whites.

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