Cancer Deaths Shrink in the US

The American Cancer Society reports that cancer deaths have dropped steadily in the US over the last two decades. Since 1990, cancer deaths among men have reduced by around 22% and among women by 14%.

Totally, this translates into about 900,000 fewer cancer deaths in 2007 compared to 1990. The reasons are early detection combined with better cancer treatments.

Another important reason is the reduction in smoking. Almost all ethnic and racial groups have benefited from this drop in cancer rate. Hispanic and black men have experienced the largest drops in cancer deaths since 1990.

Still, the researchers say there are disparities in cancer treatment. The least educated people are more vulnerable and twice more likely to succumb to cancer, compared to the educated.

This disparity is highest for lung cancer. 31% of men without college education are smokers, compared to 12% with undergraduate degrees, and five percent with graduate degrees.

More Highlights:

  • Cancer kills about 1,500 Americans every day.
  • Lung cancer is the most dangerous type of cancer for women and men.
  • This, year more than 570,000 cancer deaths are expected in the US.

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