US Cancer Death Rates Down

Last Revised on February 20, 2008

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After two straight years of historic decline, the number of cancer deaths in the United States increased in 2005.

However, experts say the findings don’t mean that prevention and early detection strategies aren’t working, because overall mortality rates have still dropped.

The American Cancer Society’s annual cancer statistics report finds that death rates from cancer in the United States have decreased by 18.4 percent among men and by 10.5 percent among women since mortality rates began to decline in the early 1990s, which translates to the avoidance of more than half a million actual cancer deaths (534,500) in the United States. Society epidemiologists predict that in the U.S. in 2008 there will be 1,437,180 new cancer cases (745,180 in men and 692,000 in women) and 565,650 cancer deaths (294,120 among men and 271,530 among women).

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