November 29, 2014
Declining Cancer Rates
Wellness Tip

Declining Cancer Rates

by Berkeley Wellness  |  

Mortality rates from cancer are continuing to decline in the U.S., thanks largely to a reduction in smoking, increased screening and improved treatments.

Between 2001 and 2010 (the most recent data), 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 latest report.

Overall the death rate has dropped by 20 percent since 1991, which translates into a total of 1.3 million fewer cancer deaths (70 percent in men) during those two decades.