Cancer Death Rate Down 25%

Cancer Death Rate Down 25%


I’m Taylor Ellis with Today’s Health News. The annual report card from the American Cancer
Society shows that the death rate from cancer is now 25% lower than it was 25 years ago.That’s
over 2 million fewer cancer deaths than would have been expected if death rates had remained
at their peak. Cancer, the second leading cause of death
in America, will claim a projected 600,920 lives in 2017. While grim, that number is an improvement,
credit in part to better treatment protocols and more targeted therapies, as well as strong
reductions in smoking rates. Despite the medical advances across the board,
“advances have been slow” in treating lung and pancreatic cancer, according to the report. 5 years after diagnosis, just 8% of pancreatic
cancer patients and 18% of those with lung cancer survive. The American Cancer Society, which releases
the annual survey of cancer trends, also credited the Affordable Care Act with increasing cancer
survival rates in ethnic minorities. For dailyRX I’m Taylor Ellis.

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