Cancer death rates steadily decreasing

By Amanda Stewart,

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Death rates from cancer have continued to drop according to the recently released Cancer Statistics 2014 report.

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.

NBC News reports 1.7 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 out of 10,000 projected for 2014. Lung cancer still remains the number one killer in men and women, followed by prostate and breast cancer.

Some areas of particular improvement, include cancer rates for middle-aged black men, with the rates dropping nearly 50 percent.

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