The annual statistics published by the American Cancer Society shows that the death rate due to cancer in the United States has fallen by 22% from its peak in 1991. This means the death of more than 1.5 million people due to cancer has been avoided. The report, "Cancer Statistics, 2015," published in the American Cancer Society's journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, and its companion piece "Cancer Facts & Figures 2015," estimates the numbers of new cancer cases and deaths expected in the U.S. in the year 2015.
According to the reports publishes, a total of 1,658,370 new cancer cases and 589,430 deaths from cancer are projected to occur in the U.S. in 2015. For the period of the most recent five years (2007-2011), new cancer cases had decreased by 1.8% per year in men and had stayed the same in women. Cancer death rates had decreased by 1.8% per year in men and 1.4% in women in the same five years.
AdvertisementJohn R. Seffrin, PhD who is the chief executive officer at the American Cancer Society in a statement said that, "The continuing drops we're seeing in cancer mortality are reason to celebrate, but not to stop. Cancer was responsible for nearly one in four deaths in the United States in 2011, making it the second leading cause of death overall. It is already the leading cause of death among adults aged 40 to 79, and is expected to overtake heart disease as the leading cause of death among all Americans within the next several years. The change may be inevitable, but we can still lessen cancer's deadly impact by making sure as many Americans as possible have access to the best tools to prevent, detect, and treat cancer."
The researchers also stated that additional progress in order to keep the cancer deaths in control could be made by applying cancer-fighting efforts across all segments of the population in the country. It was found that the decrease in cancer deaths varied with state and was generally lowest in the South and highest in the Northeast. The Regional differences that are found in the cancer death rates reflect the differences found in risk factor patterns, such as smoking and obesity, as well as disparities in the national distribution of poverty and access to health care, which have increased over time.