Cancer Death Rates Fall: Here's Why

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But it killed 45 percent fewer men between 1990 and 2015, and 19 percent fewer women between 2002 and 2015.

Advances in early detection and treatment, along with a drop in smoking, are believed to be responsible for much of the 26 percent drop since 1991, said the findings in the American Cancer Society's comprehensive annual report.

About 15 percent of Americans still smoke, but 10 percent fewer people indulge the habit than did a decade ago, a trend that is thought to drive declines in many illnesses, particularly lung cancer and diseases. While the diminishment in cigarette smoking has pushed down death rates, "tobacco stays by a long shot the main source of malignancy passings today, in charge of nearly 3 of every 10 tumor passings".

The reports which get released on Thursday is still showing some serious results in which around 609,000 are expected to get die this year while 1.74 million will get diagnosed with the same. US rates of tumor occurrence over the previous decade were steady for ladies and diminished by around 2 percent every year for men. Still, the cancer death rate dropped by about 1.5 percent each year in men and women. The report also includes the effect of cancer on Hispanic and Asian Americans.

The demise rate dropped 39 percent from 1989 to 2015 for female bosom disease and 52 percent from 1993 to 2015 for prostate tumor.

In men, prostate cancer causes 9 percent of deaths, while 7 percent are due to pancreatic cancer and 6 percent to liver cancer. Prostate cancer alone accounts for one in five diagnoses. Rates of lung cancer in women are now approaching the levels in men.

And while death rates were not statistically significantly different between whites and blacks in 13 states, that did not necessarily mean progress, the authors noted.

In both sexes, 8 percent of deaths are from colon and rectal cancer.

Young and middle-aged black Americans remain at a higher risk of dying from cancer compared to whites in the same age groups. Cancer death rates were not statistically different by race in Kentucky and West Virginia, for example, but were the highest of all states for whites.

The good news, Goler Blount said, is more than 90 percent of black women are now insured following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.