The number of people dying due to cancer has found to be declining in the United States, revealed a new study by the American Cancer Society.
The data was collected from the U.S. National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program and the CDC's National Program of Cancer Registries. Mortality data were collected by the National Center for Health Statistics.
‘Cancer death rates are continuing to decline by about 1.5 percent per year in the United States.’
The study showed that the overall cancer incidence trends are stable in women, but declining by 3.1% per year in men from 2009-2012, much of which is because of recent rapid declines in prostate cancer diagnoses.
The cancer death rate has dropped by 23% since 1991, translating to more than 1.7 million deaths averted through 2012.
Despite this progress, death rates are increasing for cancers of the liver, pancreas, and uterine corpus. Cancer is now the leading cause of death in 21 states, primarily due to exceptionally large reductions in death from heart disease.
Among children and adolescents (aged birth-19 years), brain cancer has surpassed leukemia as the leading cause of cancer death because of the dramatic therapeutic advances against leukemia.
The study also predicted that in 2016 there will be about 1.6 million new cancer cases and nearly 600,000 deaths in the United States.
Reference: Rebecca L. Siegel, Kimberly D. Miller and Ahmedin Jemal, "Cancer Statistics, 2016," CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians., DOI: 10.3322/caac.21332