Cancer Statistics Show Decline In Death Rates


The report of annual statistics from the American Cancer Society suggests that, in the US, the rate of deaths due to cancer has gradually dropped in the last two decades.

The rate of cancer deaths for both men and women has dropped 20% from its peak in the year 1991 to 2010, the most recent data available was of Cancer Statistics, 2014, that appeared in the Journal of American Cancer Society CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. It estimates the numbers of new cancer cases and expected deaths due to cancer this year, which are the World’s most widely stated cancer statistics.

In the year 2014, a total of 1,665,540 new cases of cancer and 585,720 cancer deaths were expected to occur in the US. During the last five years (2006-2010),  there is a decrease in cancer deaths by 1.8% per year in men and 1.4% per year in women.  The collective cancer death rate for both men and women keeps falling for last two decades, from a maximum of 215.1 per 100,000 cases in 1991 to 171.8 per 100,000 cases in 2010. This decline of  20% correlated with avoidance of 1,340,400 cancer deaths during this period.

Variations in people of color

There is a slight variation in the rates of new cancer cases and deaths among racial and ethnic groups. Among the black men at the age of 40 to 49, cancer death rates have dropped to 50% in the year 1991 to 2010. Despite this, black men still have the highest number of cancer deaths among the all ethnic groups in the US. Whereas, the Asian Americans tend to have the lowest rates.

John R Seffrin,  A Ph.D. and chief executive officer at the American Cancer Society said that, This is a great and remarkable progress but still we should focus on making it better.

The reduction in the cancer risk to half among black men in just two decades is an outstanding achievement but at the same time, it is fortified with the information that the death rates in black men are still greater than the whites, he added

This report reminds about making use of the existing knowledge in fighting cancer among all populations especially the ones in the lower socioeconomic group.

Common causes of cancer deaths

Among the commonest causes of cancer deaths, lung, colon, prostate and breast cancers come first. These account for almost 50% of cancer deaths in men and women. It is estimated that  1 out of every four cancer death occurs due to lung cancer.

Cancers of the prostate, lung and colon are most common among men and account for 50% of all newly diagnosed cancers in 2014, whereas the cancers of breast lung and colon are the most common among women and together constitute 50% of cancer cases in 2014.

The rate of colon and lung cancer is now decreasing due to the use of colonoscopies and reduction in the smoking.

This report has stated an overview of the cancer statistics to know about the details click on the given link.
Source: Cancer statistics report deaths down 20%, January 7,2014

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