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American Cancer Society Reports Over 25% Reduction in US Cancer Mortality Over Past 25 Years

By May 21, 2019 News

A recent issue of CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians published a study by researchers at the American Cancer Society (ACS), reporting that the US cancer death rate declined by 1.7% in 2015, capping a 26% decline in the US cancer death rate from 215 per 100,000 population in 1991 down to 158.6 per 100,000 in 2015. This works out to over 2.3 million cancer deaths avoided had the death rate not declined.

The decline in cancer deaths is heavily driven by a reduction in the number of people smoking, with the result that the death rate from lung cancer, which still represents the largest cause of cancer deaths, has dropped 45% among men from 1990-2015, and by 19% among women from 2002-2015.

Here in WV, the ACS projects over 12,000 new cases of cancer, and 4900 cancer deaths, in 2018.