U.S. cancer death rates continue to drop
Though it seems that everything in the world today can potentially give us cancer - from chemicals in plastic containers to cell phones to the air that we breathe - cancer death rates have steadily declined over the last two decades. The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer shows that, beginning in the early 1990s, the rate of death from cancer has fallen; between 2000 and 2009, cancer death rates fell 1.8 percent among men and 1.4 percent among women.
The study found that death rates fell for both men and women, across major racial and ethnic groups and for the most common cancer sites, including lung cancer, colon and rectum cancer, female breast cancer and prostate cancer. Unfortunately, death rates rose slightly for melanoma among men.
In addition to the drop in death rate, there have been small decreases in cancer incidence as well in the last decade, particularly among men and young people.
The report did not speculate upon what caused this drop in cancer death rate, albeit better treatments or the implementation of preventive measures.