CDC Reports Continued Declines in Cancer-Related Deaths

The CDC reported death rates from all cancers combined for men, women and children continued to decline in the United States between 2004 and 2008.

Overall cancer incidence rates among men decreased an average of 0.6 percent per year between 2004 and 2008, while rates among women decreased an average 0.5 percent per year from 1998 through 2006 with rates leveling off from 2006 through 2008. However, cancer rates among children aged 19 and younger increased 0.6 percent per year from 2004 through 2008, continuing trends from 1992.

Several specific types of cancer are also on the decline, including colorectal cancer and breast cancer. However, incidence rates of other cancers, including pancreas, kidney, thyroid, liver and melanoma, increased from 1999 through 2008. The report also highlights factors associated with cancer, including obesity.

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