U.S. cancer death rate continues to fall
Cancer death rates have fallen signficantly across the U.S. over the past two decades, according to a new report, resulting in approximately 1.5 million fewer deaths.
The data, which comes from the National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American Cancer Society, found that between the years 1991 and 2011, the average rate of all cancer deaths fell by about 22 percent. Cancers for which death rates declined included breast, prostate, colon and lung cancer.
The decline was found to be highest in Northeast states, and between 2007 and 2011, the cancer death rate for men dropped by 1.8 percent, compared to 1.4 percent for women. Disparaties in cancer rates may have been partially due to social inequalities, poverty and health insurance coverage, experts said.
The report projects that in 2015, there will be about 1.65 million new cases of cancer in the U.S. and 590,000 cancer deaths--29 percent of which will be caused by breast cancer and 27 percent by lung cancer.