U.S. Continues to Testify Cancer Mortality Drop that Began in 1991

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American Cancer Society’s Cancer Statistics 2018, a detailed cancer survival, mortality, and incidence annual report, has stated that close to a 2.4 million fewer cancer deaths during 1991 have been resulted. This has been observed due to a 1.7% drop in the cancer death rate between 2014 and 2015, continuing from the drop that initiated in 1991 and has reached nearly a 26.0%. ‘CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians’ has shared its space to publish the reported data. This year, as the report estimates, there could be a 609,640 cancer deaths in the U.S. and new cancer cases amounting up to a 1,735,350.

Cancer Mortality Rates 31.0% Greater in Blacks than Whites under 65

The 26.0% drop in the cancer death rate has been researched to be a result of the advancements in early treatment and also detection and steady decreases in smoking. In 2015, the cancer death rate had paraded a figure of 158.6 per 100,000 population, which is a significant reduction from a 215.1 per 100,000 population noted in 1991. The reducing death rates of four major cancer types, viz. colorectal, prostrate, female breast, and lung have been the four pillars of the telling decline in cancer deaths. The overall cancer incidence rate reduced to about a 2.0% per year in men, whereas it showcased stability in women.

The cancer mortality racial gap has been identified to chiefly reflect growth in older age groups while continuing to narrow down on the whole. It has also been found to mask sheer tenacious inequalities for middle-aged and young black Americans.

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