STATES CHRONICLE – The US cancer death rate decreases by approximately 25% since 1991. In 1991, the number of cancer deaths reached its peak. The primary cause of the decline of cancer lies in the increased number of people who stopped smoking. Nevertheless, another reason which might be as well listed as an important one is the advancement of medicine whereas now tumors are easier to be detected and treated.
Based on the data gathered by the American Cancer Society and published in a report, we found out that this drop demonstrates that between 1991 and 2014, there were registered about 2.1 million fewer deaths. Otis Brawley, the chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, argued that the ongoing decrease in the cancer death rate represent a significant sign of progress regarding the medical treatments used to reduce the deadly toll of this disease.
This reduction in cancer deaths was more evident for those who suffered from four types of cancer, such as colorectal, prostate, breast and lung. Between 1990 and 2014, the number of lung cancer deaths in men dropped by 43%. Based on the study published in CA: A Journal for Clinicians, the number of lung cancer deaths in women declined by 17% between 2002 and 2014.
Other statistics show that between 1989 and 2014, breast cancer death rates decreased by 38%. Between 1993 and 2014, the number of prostate cancer is even more reduced, dropping by 51%. Colon cancer deaths for both men and women decreased by 51% between 1976 and 2014.
New reports predicted that approximately 1.68 million new cancer cases would arise in America this year. Specialists have even estimated the number of cancer deaths for this year being of 600,000 deaths. Nevertheless, despite all efforts, cancer remains the second primary cause of death for Americans, being listed after cardiovascular deaths.
Experts argued that during the last ten years the cancer rate remained constant for women while it declined in male cases by approximately two percent per year. For both men and females, the rate of cancer mortality dropped by almost 1.5%. Apparently, the frequency of cancer is 20% higher among men compared to women, and the rate of death is also 40% more increased. Scientists noted that this difference appears due to the risk factors which affect each sex.
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