The American Cancer Society Says Cancer Rates Declining


The American cancer society on Wednesday announced that the number of deaths due to cancer is continuously falling in the nation.

The downfall, which began in the early 1990s, has reduced the cancer death rate by 767000 fewer deaths over the past 20 years.

The U.S. death rate due to cancer in 2007 was found to be 178.4 per 1000 persons which was 1.3 percent lower than the previous year. The death rate fell by 2 percent a year over 2001 to 2006 for men while for women it decreased by 1.5 percent per year from 2002 to 2006.


Dr. Ahmedin Jemal, the Strategic Director for cancer occurrence at the society, reveals that the decline in the rates is due to early detection, advanced treatment and prevention.

Monique N. Hernandez, a Senior Research Analyst at the Florida Cancer Data System at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine believes that part of this is due to the health operations and because of the public policy in regard to smoking. He further added that stringent regulations for screening of cancer are also instrumental in decreasing the rates of cancer.

Currently in the USA, lung cancer remains in the top position as the deadliest cancer. The American Cancer Society predicts that 222,520 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year alone and 157, 300 will die from it. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women and prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men.

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death for men and women. The number of people dying from colorectal cancer is expected to decrease even more with the increase of colorectal cancer screenings being done.

“We will build on our progress in the fight against cancer through laws and policies that increase access to cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment services, and with a sustained federal investment in research designed to find breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of the most deadly forms of cancer," stated John Seffrin, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society.