Lung cancer deaths declining in the US

By Amanda Stewart,

A new report led by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that there has been a steady decline in the number of deaths due to lung cancer - the leading cause of death in Americans - from 2005 to 2009.

Headlines and Global News reports that the study showed a decline of 2.6 percent per year in men and 1.1 percent per year in women.

The largest decline in deaths was in the age group 35 to 44, which showed a 6.5 percent decrease in men and 5.8 percent among women.

According to the Science World Report smoking and second hand smoking are the two biggest factors in developing lung cancer. Many cities have adopted public smoking bans and the tobacco control efforts have been vamped, which may have led to this decline in deaths.

Tom Frieden, CDC director, commented on the decline in deaths saying, "While it is encouraging that lung cancer incidence rates are dropping in the United States, one preventable cancer is one too many.” He urges the continuation of tobacco control efforts to possibly make the death rate due to lung cancer even less.

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