US: Cancer deaths drop 27% over 25 years

(NewsMax staff) — The death rate from cancer dropped 27 percent during the past 25 years, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society. The statistics show that 2.6 million deaths have been avoided from 1991 to 2016.

Key factors that have contributed to the decline in the cancer death rate include reduced smoking and advances in early detection and treatment. Lung cancer deaths among men declined 48 precent from 1990 to 2016 and dropped 23 percent for women from 2002 to 2016. Still, lung cancer accounts for 25 percent of all cancer deaths. The report notes that “women began smoking in large numbers many years later than men and were slower to quit.”

The report also states:

Breast cancer death rates declined 40 percent from 1989 to 2016 among women. The progress is attributed to improvements in early detection. (…)

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