January 17, 2019
Cancer Deaths Declining in U.S.
Wellness Tip

Cancer Deaths Declining in U.S.

by Berkeley Wellness  

Mortality rates from cancer are continuing their slow but steady decline in the United States, thanks largely to a reduction in smoking, increased screening, and improved treatments.

Over the past decade, cancer death rates dropped by 1.8 percent annually among men and 1.4 percent annually among women, slightly better than the improvements seen during the 1990s, according to the American Cancer Society’s 2016 report. Overall the death rate has dropped by 23 percent since 1991, which translates into a total of 1.7 million fewer cancer deaths during those two decades.

The decline has been driven by decreases in the four leading cancers—lung, breast, prostate, and colorectal. Deaths from breast cancer have dropped 36 percent since the peak in 1989, while deaths from prostate and colorectal cancers have dropped by half.

Also see 13 Ways to Cut Cancer Risk.