Cancer deaths continue to decline as smoking rates drop

Posted January 06, 2018

The country's general tumor demise rate declined 1.7 percent in 2015, the most recent sign of relentless, long haul advance against the infection, as per another report by the American Cancer Society.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) reported that 2.4 million people have been spared from cancer since 2011.

The report estimates that this year there will be 1.7 million new cancer cases and 609,640 cancer deaths in the United States. Still, it's better than it's been in the past.

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Lung cancer death rates declined 45 percent from 1990 to 2015 among males and 19 percent from 2002 to 2015 among females due to reduced tobacco use because of increased awareness of the health hazards of smoking and the implementation of comprehensive tobacco control". The cancer incidence rate was stable in women from 2005 to 2014 and decreased by about 2% annually in men.

Women have a 37.6 percent percent chance of ever being diagnosed with cancer. Jemal coauthored a study of women with breast cancer from 2004 to 2013 that found being uninsured accounted for more than one-third of the higher death rate for black women. The most common cause of cancer death is still lung cancer.

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The cancer death rate in the US has dropped 26 percent since 1991. As tobacco use is the major cause of death almost 3 in 10 for the people diagnosed with cancer.

For women, breast cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed form, accounting for 30 percent of all new cancer cases.

Among women, breast, lung and colorectal cancers total half of all cases.

Though the racial gap in cancer deaths continues to narrow as well, this mainly reflects progress for older age groups, which masks "stark persistent inequalities for young and middle-aged black Americans", the report says. Cancer death rates were not statistically different by race in Kentucky and West Virginia, for example, but were the highest of all states for whites.

About 15 percent of Americans still smoke, but 10 percent fewer people indulge the habit than did a decade ago, a trend that is thought to drive declines in many illnesses, particularly lung cancer and diseases.

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