Posted on January 9th, 2012 by
Updated statistics from the American Cancer Society show that cancer mortality rates continue to decline in this country. A decline in mortality was observed for several common types of cancer, including lung, colon, breast, and prostate. These results were published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
Although cancer remains an important cause of illness and death in the United States, progress is being made in prevention, early detection, and treatment. To provide information about trends in cancer incidence and mortality, the American Cancer Society released its annual report on cancer statistics.
The decline in cancer mortality is likely to be due to several factors, including lower rates of smoking, early cancer detection through screening tests such as mammography and colonoscopy, and improvements in cancer treatment.
The findings of this report highlight the gradual progress that is being made against cancer, but also offer a stark reminder of the toll that cancer continues to take.
Reference: Stiegel R, Naishadham D, Jemal A. Cancer Statistics, 2012. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Early online publication January 4, 2012.
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