Cancer: Living Better, Living Longer

Cancer: Living Better, Living Longer


Since the peak of cancer mortality in 1991,
there have been countless advances in treatments and preventive health. And those advances
may be starting to pay off. I’m Gabe Garza with your latest health news. The death rate
from cancer in the US remains in a steady decline, according to a new report from the
American Cancer Society (ACS). While this decline translates to a 23 percent drop in
the cancer death rate between 1991 and 2012, there’s still plenty of work to be done, researchers
said. According to the ACS, the largest reductions in cancer mortality were seen in colorectal,
prostate, breast and lung cancers. Colorectal and prostate cancer death rates dropped by
around 50 percent. Breast cancer mortality dropped by around 36 percent between 1989
and 2012. And, between 2002 and 2012, lung cancer mortality decreased by about 13 percent.
The ACS cited these reasons for the decline: Reduced smoking rates, new medications, better
detection methods and more insight into prevention. While the death rate from cancer has declined,
overall cancer case numbers have remained relatively stable. The ACS estimated that
the US will see almost 1.7 million new cancer cases in 2016.

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