Cancer Deaths Continue a Steep Decline

Ray Weaver
January 6, 2018

The death rate dropped to about 159 per 100,000 people in 2015, from about 215 per 100,000 in 1991, the peak year for cancer deaths, according to the 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.

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

"While the racial gap in cancer mortality continues to narrow, this progress primarily reflects older age groups, masking stark persistent inequalities for young and middle-aged black Americans", researchers write in the report.

Cancer deaths have fallen yet again, thanks mostly to huge declines in smoking, the American Cancer Society said Thursday.

In 2015, the cancer death rate was 14 percent higher in non-Hispanic blacks than in non-Hispanic whites, down from a peak of 33 percent higher in 1993.

For more youthful individuals, "incongruities are enormous", Jemal said.

Lung cancer incidence rates continued to decline about twice as fast in men as in women, reflecting differences in tobacco use and more smoking among females in some populations. They involve the interplay of genetics, lifestyle, and environment, as well as access to health care, Bennett said, noting "We really need more studies, large studies, that really comprehensively examine how these factors come together".

Cancer is still a destructive blight on American society, however, and is estimated to have killed 158.6 per 1,000 people diagnosed with the disease in 2015.

Women have a 37.6 percent percent chance of ever being diagnosed with cancer.

In relation to breast cancer, the death rate gets fall to 39 percent from 1989 to 2015.

As a whole, the new ACS report highlights that more can be done to prevent cancer in the first place, for instance by further reducing smoking, which still accounts for almost three out of every ten cancer deaths.

The American Cancer Society predicts that in 2018, there will be 1,735,350 new cases of cancer and 609,640 deaths. Breast cancer alone represents 30 percent of all new cancer diagnoses in women.

Lung cancer is among the most common forms of cancer in the USA, and certainly the most deadly.

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