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U.S cancer death rate drops

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/09/20, 12:41 pm

The American Cancer Society on Wednesday reported the largest-ever one-year decline in the rate of U.S. deaths from cancer. The rate has fallen by about 1.5 percent a year since 1991, but that accelerated to 2.5 percent between 2016 and 2017. Rebecca Siegel, the lead author of the report, said that’s the largest drop in national cancer statistics since 1930.

What caused the decline? Siegel said advances in lung cancer treatments drove most of the decline. Smoking has also been on the decline for decades, leading to falling cancer rates. When lung cancer is removed from the calculation, the cancer death rate declined by 1.4 percent in 2017. The mortality rate for melanoma skin cancer fell 7 percent a year recently, also due to new drugs.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 01/10/2020 04:38 pm

    Amidst all the bad news, one item of good news!  Thank you!

    i honestly cannot understand why anyone would ignore all of the evidence and take up smoking. I guess it’s an expression of some sort of death wish. 

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