Cancer death rates steadily decreasing

The news seems to be flooded with news of death due to the flu, but the new year has brought good news for the fight against cancer.

According to Fox News, researchers have reported that the death rates due to cancer have been steadily declining for the past two decades. The overall risk of dying from cancer has decreased by 20 percent since 1990.

The American Cancer Society’s annual report takes statistics about cancer and trends in order to estimate the amount of cancer cases and deaths we can expect to see in the upcoming year. Researchers use stats from the National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control and the National Center for Health Statistics.

“Between 1991 and 2010, overall cancer death rates have decreased by about 20 percent;  this translates to 1.3 million deaths in this time period,” said lead author of the study, Ahmedin Jemal.

According to NBC News1.7 million new cancer cases will occur in 2014 and approximately 586,000 deaths due to cancer. While those figured still look bad, it has decreased significantly.

In 1991 25 out of every 10,000 people with cancer died compared to the 17 our of 10,000 projected for this year. Lung cancer still remains the number one killer in men and women, followed by prostate and breast cancer.

Cancer, however, is not one disease with one cause, so research is still needed in order to prevent deaths from cancer.

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