Overall, Cancer Rates in U.S. Continue to Decline

The American Cancer Society’s annual report announced that cancer death rates are declining 1.8 percent per year in men and 1.6 percent per year in women between 2004 and 2008.  The advances in cancer screening and treatment have prevented a million + deaths from cancer since the early 1990’s. There were seven less-common cancers that rose in the past decade signifying that more can be done.

Also, between 1999 and 2008, cancer death rates fell by more than 1 percent each year in both men and women in every racial and ethnic group except for American Indians/Natives whose rates are holding steady.

The biggest declines were among black men (2.4 percent) and Hispanic men (2.3 percent).

This year, they suggest that 1,638,910 people will be newly diagnosed with cancer and 577,190 people will die from it. That is why it is important to do cancer screenings every year.

For more statistics and information, click here—Courtesy of Foxnews.com

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