Study: Cancer death rates continue to drop

Cancer death rates for men, women and children across racial demographics continue to decline in the United States, according the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2014, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

The report is the result of a collaborative effort between the CDC, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries to provide yearly updates on the trends of cancer occurrence in the U.S.

Analysis of data compiled the NAACCR revealed cancer death rates decreased overall by 1.8 percent from 2010 to 2014. Death rates also declined for 11 of the 16 most common cancer types in men and for 13 of the 18 most common cancer types in women, including lung, colorectal, female breast and prostate. However, death rates increased for liver cancer in both men and women, pancreatic cancer for men, brain cancer for men and uterine cancer for women.

"The continued drops in overall cancer death rates in the United States are welcome news, reflecting improvements in prevention, early detection and treatment," said Betsy Kohler, executive director of NAACCR. "But this report also shows us that progress has been limited for several cancers, which should compel us to renew our commitment to efforts to discover new strategies for prevention, early detection and treatment and to apply proven interventions broadly and equitably."

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