FEB 02, 2017 10:29 AM PST

Cancer Deaths are Down in the United States


There's no question that much needs to be done in cancer research as there still is no cure. But scientists and health care providers must be doing something right. In the period from 1991 to 2014, the death rate in the United States from cancer has dropped by 25%. How much is that in actual numbers? A staggering 2.1 million less deaths than expected. That's good news for families and loved ones of patients who, if diagnosed before so many advances, may not have survived. The four cancers that have shown the most reduction in deaths are breast, lung, prostate and colorectal cancer.

The American Cancer society attributes the reduced deaths to better screening, advances in treatments and fewer smokers. While these numbers are encouraging, research must still go on, not only in these four cancers, but in other more aggressive cancers like pancreatic and brain cancer. Numbers are projected to show 1.7 million new cases of cancer this year and 600,000 cancer deaths, so vigilance is still the name of the game.
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
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