US cancer death rates fall as survival rates rise

Research shows cancer death rates in the United States are falling and the five-year survival rates of those diagnosed to be rising.

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The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, published on March 31st, shows a decline in the disease among men in recent years, although it remained stable among women.

In the period from 2010 to 2014, death rates decreased for 11 of the 16 most common types of cancer in men and 13 of the 18 most common types of cancer in women.

In a report by The Guardian, North American Association of Central Cancer Registries executive director Betsy Kohler said, “The continued drops in overall cancer death rates in the United States are welcome news, reflecting improvements in prevention, early detection, and treatment.”

The report published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, also showed that death rates increased for cancers of the liver, pancreas, and brain in men and for liver and uterine cancer in women. But, overall the cancer death rates have decreased by 1.8% per year in men and 1.4% a year in women.

Compared to cases diagnosed between 1975 and 1977, five-year survival for cancers diagnosed between 2006 and 2012 have increased significantly. The greatest increases (25% or greater) were seen in prostate and kidney cancers, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma and leukaemia.

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