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United States cancer death rate goes down, find out why

United States cancer death rate goes down, find out why

Senior study author Dr. Ahmedin Jemal, vice president of surveillance and health services research for the American Cancer Society, said this difference in death rates by sex is likely due to the reduction in smoking rates happening sooner for men. "All of these advances are not reaching everybody equally".

From 2014 to 2015, the cancer death rate went down 1.7 percent.

But there's another reason for the decline in cancer deaths.

4, 2018 Better cancer detection and treatments, not to mention lots of people quitting smoking, have fueled a 20-year drop in deaths from the disease, a new report shows.

The cancer death rate in 2015 was 14 percent higher in blacks than in whites, down from a peak of 33 percent in 1993. Yet, while the gap narrowed to 7 percent in those 65 or older, for those younger than 65, mortality rates were 31 percent higher for blacks than for whites, with much larger disparities in many states. The report also includes the effect of cancer on Hispanic and Asian Americans. For example, cancer death rates in Kentucky and West Virginia were not statistically different by race, but are the highest of all states for whites.

Researchers agree, however, that the reasons behind racial disparities in cancer deaths are multi-pronged and still not fully understood. Primary aversion is one factor that assumed a part, he noted, and he said that motivating people to stop smoking was a major factor.

Some states in the report, such as NY and MA, have seen the racial mortality gap disappear for whites and blacks over 65.

One area of concern exemplifying the racial mortality gap can be seen in outcomes for breast cancer.

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Yet, as rates of liver cancer diagnoses stabilize in men, they continue to climb quickly for women.

Over the past decade, the overall cancer incidence rate was stable in women and declined by about two percent per year in men.

A woman has a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer over her lifetime; a man has a 1 in 9 chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, the American Cancer Society says. The NCI is undertaking its largest-ever study on the topic to delve into how genetic and biological factors contribute to risk.

Access to screening as well as treatment also remains important, he says.

But the report is still good news. The cancer society uses trends and other data to project deaths for 2018.

As a whole, the new ACS report highlights that more can be done to prevent cancer in the first place, for instance by further reducing smoking, which still accounts for almost three out of every ten cancer deaths.

Cancer is still the No. 2 killer in the USA, and the organization expects over 1.5 million new cases in 2018. "In the future, we need to figure out how to make screening tests more flawless by detecting cancers or lesions that if left unchecked or undetected, would grow and advance and become lethal", he says.