U.S. Cancer Death Rates: A 25-Year Decline

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The annual statistical report from the American Cancer Society (ACS) indicates that the overall death rate from cancer in the United States has steadily declined — by 27 percent from 1991 to 2016 — resulting in more than 2.6 million fewer cancer deaths during this period. This report was published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, a journal of the American Cancer Society.

In 2019, an estimated 1,762,450 new cancer cases and 606,880 cancer deaths are expected in the U.S. In the 10 years from 2006 to 2015, cancer diagnoses in men decreased by about 2 percent per year and remained stable in women. From 2007 to 2016, the cancer death rate decreased by 1.4 percent in women and 1.8 percent in men per year. According to the ACS, these declines are primarily due to lower smoking rates and improvements in cancer detection and treatment.

The most common cancers are prostate, lung, and colorectal in men, and breast, lung, and colorectal in women. These cancers account for 40 to 50 percent of all cases and the highest numbers of cancer deaths. Overall, cancer diagnoses and deaths are generally highest in African Americans and lowest in Asian Americans.

Sourced from: CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians