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Death rates for cancer are dropping

The death rates for cancer are dropping in the United States. The American Cancer Society released a new report earlier in the month of January that shows a slight drop in the cancer death rate for deaths per 100,000 people. The rate is adjusted for age. The rate has dropped by 1.7 percent from 2014 to 2015. According to the report, the decline matches a trend that began back in 1991 that totals 26 percent.

The drop in the cancer death rate was moved forward by a reduction in deaths caused by colorectal, breast, lung and prostate cancers. A large part of the decline in cancer deaths across the country can be attributed to better screening procedures and a reduction in smoking.

The study found that in the last 10-plus years of data, the incidence rate of cancer in male patients dropped by 2 percent each year. The drop in incidence rate in males has sped up over the past handful of years. The trend recognizes a large drop in prostate cancer between the years of 2010 and 2014 by 10 percent each year.

The researchers who wrote the report found that the reduction in the cancer death rate helped save more than 2.3 million lives that otherwise would've been lost if the peak rates had persisted. In 2015, there were just under 600,000 cancer deaths. The leading cause in both males and females was lung cancer.

Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in the United States. If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer due to exposure from your job, it's best to find out how you can seek compensation for your illness.

Source: Medpage Today, "Cancer Death Rates Fall: Here's Why," Jan. 04, 2018

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