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Cancer Death Rates Fall as Prevention, Treatment Advance

Anne Li                                          1/1/17

 

Deaths from cancer in the United States have dropped 25 percent since hitting a peak in 1991, a new report finds. The drop means that 2.1 million fewer people died from cancer between 1991 and 2014 than would have died if cancer death rates had remained at their 1991 level, the researchers said. In the report, the researchers attributed the drop in death rates to reductions in smoking and advances in early detection and treatment. The report was published today (Jan. 5) by the American Cancer Society. "The continuing drops in the cancer death rate are a powerful sign of the potential we have to reduce cancer's deadly toll," Dr. Otis Brawley, the chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, said in a statement. "Continuing that success will require more clinical and basic research to improve early detection and treatment, as well as strategies to increase healthy behaviors nationwide." 

 

See original article at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/cancer-death-rates-fall-prevention-184300430.html

 

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