Decrease in common cancer incidences, but rise in other types
Jan 5, 2012
A new report published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians showed that there have been some significant death rate drops between 2004 and 2008, translating to a 1.8 percent decrease per year in men and 1.6 percent in women, according to Bloomberg.
It is expected that these reduced rates may be due to awareness of prevention methods and individuals living healthier lives. When it comes to women and breast cancer, the death rate was cut by a third. In addition, a decline in lung cancer in men accounted for a 40 percent drop of cancer death rates in men.
It isn't just good news in the report however, as there is a rise in pancreatic, liver, esophageal, kidney cancers and melanoma, the media outlet reports.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in research and breast cancer health news. There are currently 2.5 million survivors in the U.S.