Deaths in the U.S. from cancer continue a nearly decade-long decline, although an increase in liver cancer death is concerning.
The number of people dying from cancer in the United States continued a nearly decade-long decline, while the number of diagnoses in men also declined and in women remained stable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday.
The cancer death rate continued an overall decline that includes men and women in all major racial and ethnic groups, but the agency placed particular significance on death rates and diagnoses from liver cancer, both of which were found to have increased strikingly.
The report echoes one put out earlier this year by the American Cancer Society that found cancer deaths in the United States have dropped by 25 percent since 1991. Data from the ACS study was included in the CDC report, as was data collected by the National Cancer Institute and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries.
Researchers point to improvements in prevention and early detection of cancer, as well as better treatments. Decreasing rates of smoking have also contributed, they say, as rates of lung cancer death have dropped, in addition to other forms of the disease made worse by cigarettes.
“Research over the past decades has led to the development of several vaccines that, given at the appropriate ages, can reduce the risk of some cancers, including liver cancer,” Dr. Douglas Lowy, acting director of the National Cancer Institute, said in a press release. “Determining which cancers can be effectively prevented by vaccines and other methods is one of our top priorities at NCI and one which we believe will truly make a difference in cancer incidence and mortality trends.”
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