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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Cancer death rate fell 32 percent since 1991 peak

America’s cancer death rate has fallen by a third since the peak in 1991, due to a drop in lung cancer deaths, according to a report American Cancer Society (acs),

“Cancer Statistics, 2022” Report published on wednesday A 32 percent reduction has been reported in cancer deaths compared to about 215 deaths per 100,000 people in 1991, from 146 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019 – the most recent year for the data.

If the death rate had remained constant since 1991, rather than decreasing, the researchers estimate that about 3.5 million more cancer patients would have lost their lives over a 28-year period.

Researchers partly attribute the decline to a higher percentage of people with lung cancer living longer after diagnosis and fewer people who smoked cigarettes in recent years. The annual decline in lung cancer deaths outweighed the decline in total cancer deaths, falling by about 5 percent per year between 2015 and 2019.

The national screening rate for lung cancer increased from 3 percent in 2010 to 5 percent in 2018. But this translated into a higher percentage of earlier diagnoses and a higher survival rate for at least three years after diagnosis.

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Chemotherapy and early detection efforts after surgery for breast and colon cancer also contributed to the reduction in deaths, according to the report.

“The rapid decline in cancer mortality reflects our overall ability to move closer to a world without cancer through prevention, screening, early diagnosis, treatment, and treatment,” the ACS said in a release.

Still, cancer remains the second leading cause of death in the country, with the report predicting 1.9 million new cases and more than 609,000 deaths this year.

Lung cancer continues to cause the most cancer deaths, with researchers estimating that cancer deaths will account for about 21 percent of all deaths this year.

The ACS noted that the report also does not account for the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on diagnosis and treatment as the fatality data goes by 2019.


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