Report: Cancer Deaths Continue to Decline

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Newly published statistics from the American Cancer Society show that cancer death rates in the U.S. continue to decrease.

Between 2004 and 2008, researchers found the number of men being diagnosed with cancer declined and the number of woman being diagnosed remained stable. What’s more important is the cancer death rates decreased all across the board by 1.8% a year for men, and 1.6% for women.

American Cancer Society regional vice president, Craig Boring said death rates declined for cancers lung, colon, breast and prostate cancers, which are responsible for the most cancer deaths. However, there has been an increase in the past decade of people developing some less common cancers, including pancreas, liver, thyroid, and kidney cancer.

Boring said the continued decrease is due to a combination of things, including good anti-smoking campaigns, early detection and prevention programs, and big advancements in cancer treatment. “Advancements in treatment are breathtaking, each and everyday more advancements are coming out.”

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