Decline in cancer-related deaths despite cancer case consistency

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While the number of cases of cancer remain steady the U.S. has seen a significant decrease in cancer-related deaths since 1991
By Jason Spencer | Jan 08, 2016
Cancer remains a serious epidemic in the United States. The Thomara Latimer Cancer Foundation reports that approximately 1, 500 people die each day due to complications of cancer.

A new report suggests there is a silver lining to it all. While cancer rates are consistent the chances of survival have never been higher.

Reuters reports that cancer cases have been the same from year to year, and that numbers have increased depending on the type of cancer. However the overall number of deaths due to cancer have fallen, and they have been slowly but surely decreasing since 1991.

"It's kind of a good news, bad news story," said Rebecca Siegel of ABC. "A lot of progress has been made, but there is more work to do."

2012 saw a 23% decrease when compared to the last decade. With the numbers already so high that means every life counts. Cancer saw its peak in 1991, and since then nearly 1.7 million deaths have been prevented.

New technology and advances in medicine are most likely the result in fewer patients succumbing to breast, colon, rectal, and prostate cancer. Lung cancer has also seen a steady decrease as more people move away from smoking.

However, cancer associated with obesity hasn't seen such a decline. This new report also doesn't figure in diagnoses among minorities. An example would be the sharp increase of cancer and cancer-related deaths among black men.

"The improvements in cancer prevention and early detection and treatment aren't disseminated equally among the population,"said Siegel. "Extending these improvements to underserved populations would accelerate a decline in death rates."


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