U.S. Cancer Death Rate Hits 25-Year Low

  • U.S. Cancer Death Rate Hits 25-Year Low

U.S. Cancer Death Rate Hits 25-Year Low

"The continued decline in the cancer death rate over the past 25 years is really good news and was a little bit of a surprise, only because the other leading causes of death in the United States are starting to flatten".

However, rates of several other cancers have been on the rise in recent years, including endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus), which increased 2.1 percent per year from 2012 to 2016, and pancreatic cancer, which increased 0.3 percent per year among men during this same time period. Still, lung cancer accounts for 25 percent of all cancer deaths.

For example, lung cancer death rates have dropped by 48 percent among men from 1990 to 2016; and 23 percent among women from 2002 to 2016. Breast cancer death rates dropped 40 percent among women from 1989 to 2016; prostate cancer death rates dropped by 51 percent among men from 1993 to 2016; and colorectal cancer death rates dropped by 53 percent among both men and women from 1970 to 2016, the report said. The progress is attributed to improvements in early detection. Therefore, fewer cases of prostate cancer are now being detected.

Dr. Christian Hinrichs, an investigator at the National Cancer Institute in immunotherapy for HPV+ cancers, shows patient Fred Janick the difference between his CT scan showing cancerous tumors and a clean scan after treatment. However, in adults younger than age 55, new cases of colorectal cancer have increased nearly 2 percent per year since the mid-1990s.

The report's authors predicted 1.76 million new cancer diagnoses and 607,000 cancer deaths in the U.S.in 2019, according to The WSJ. "The cancer death rate (2007-2016) declined by 1.4 percent per year in women and 1.8 percent per year in men".

According to the report, the number of women developing cancer has remained relatively stable over the last decade for which there is available data (2006-2015). "Poor people have a higher prevalence of cancer risk factors, like smoking and obesity, as well as less access to high-quality cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment".

In 1991, the US cancer death rate was 215.1 per 100,000 people, data from the study shows.

The researchers said that we can reduce cancer rates by living a healthier lifestyle and exercising with 71 percent of liver cases preventable through lifestyle changes that include losing weight, not smoking, and preventing infection from the hepatitis B and C viruses.