Colon Cancer Deaths Fall Across America

US health officials have revealed the heartening news that colon cancer deaths are continuing to fall across the country. Mississippi is the one notable exception to this trend.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that colon cancer deaths have declined by as much as five to six percent in states like Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. But, Mississippi rates have stayed stagnant with no decline.

There was a drastic decline in rectal and colon cancer death rate in 2007 compared to 2003. There were about 32,000 fewer deaths in 2007 compared to 2003, reveals the CDC.

West Virginia and Kentucky had the highest death rates in 2007, followed by Delaware and Mississippi. But except Mississippi, the other three states saw falls of about two to three percent.

CDC officials attribute Mississippi’s stagnancy to reasons such as low screening rates, and problems in exercise and diet, which plague the state. Research also reveals that blacks are more vulnerable to colon cancer, and blacks make up 37% of Mississippi’s population.

Among non-smokers, colon cancer is the main cause of death. The American Cancer Society reports that colon cancer will kill around 49,000 Americans this year. But, death rates have gone down compared to the 1980s. Health officials say early detection and treatment can prevent colon cancer deaths.

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