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Cancer

08 July 2010

U.S. Cancer Death Rate Keeps Falling: Report

American Cancer Society statistics suggest earlier detection, better treatment paying off

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The report finds that the death rate from cancer overall in the United States in 2007 was 178.4 per 100,000 people -- a drop of 1.3 percent from the previous year.

  • Cancer incidence rates dropped by 1.3 percent per year from 2000 to 2006 in men and 0.5 percent per year from 1998 to 2006 in women.
  • Cancer death rates decreased 2 percent per year from 2001 to 2006 in men and 1.5 percent per year from 2002 to 2006 in women.
  • Death rates have continued to drop in all four major cancer sites in men and in women, except for lung cancer in women, where rates have stabilized since 2003 after increasing for several decades.
  • Lung cancer rates in men have been dropping by 1.8 percent per year since 1991.
  • Colorectal cancer rates have dropped by 3 percent per year from 1998 through 2006 in men and by 2.2 percent per year in women.
  • Breast cancer rates dropped 2 percent per year from 1999 to 2006 and 6 percent from 2002 to 2003, but from 2003 to 2006 the incidence rate leveled off.
  • Among women, lung cancer is expected to account for 26 percent of all cancer deaths in 2010.
  • Among children aged one to 14 in the United States, cancer is the second leading cause of death, after accidents. However, the five-year survival rate for children with any cancer improved from 58 percent for those diagnosed in 1975-1977 to 81 percent for those diagnosed in 1999-2005.

 

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