U.S. Cancer Mortality Rates Continue to Fall
Over the past two decades, the death rate from cancer in the United States has declined steadily, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). The latest statistics, which estimate the expected number of cancer cases and deaths expected this year, indicate that trend will continue.
In the U.S., 1,735,350 new cancer cases and 609,640 deaths from cancer are projected are likely to occur in 2018. Total cancer diagnoses declined about 2 percent in men and remained about the same in women in the last decade of statistics available. According to the ACS, the combined cancer death rate for men and women fell 26 percent from its peak in 1991 to 2015.
This decline is primarily due to falling numbers of people who smoke and advances in early cancer detection and treatment. A new report issued by the American Cancer Society suggests death rates for major types of cancer, including lung, breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers, are decreasing significantly.