A decline in cancer deaths by more than a million

Cancer deaths decline: More Than a Million Cancer Deaths Avoided in 2 Decades

A newly published report by the American Cancer Society shows a continued decline in cancer death rates in the United States. 

According to the report, "A total of 1,638,910 new cancer cases and 577,190 deaths from cancer are projected to occur in the U.S. in 2012. Between 1990/1991 and 2008, the most recent year for which data is available, overall death rates decreased by about 23% in men and 15% in women. This translates to more than 1 million deaths from cancer that were avoided."

Cancer death rates declined for colon, breast, prostate and lung cancer. Death rates increased for pancreas, liver, thyroid, and kidney cancers. 

For more information on the report, see the links below:

Annual Report: More than a million cancer deaths avoided in 2 decades

Cancer Facts and Figures, 2012