from FOX News – Cancer death rates in the U.S. steadily decreased from 2004 to 2008, according to a new report from four major national cancer tracking groups. The declines in death and new cases of cancer reflect progress against the disease in terms of prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
From 1999 to 2008, cancer death rates declined by an average of 1.7 percent per year for men, 1.3 percent per year for women and 1.5 percent annually for children, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries. The report was published online in the journal Cancer.
The declining death rates applied to all types of cancer, including the four most common: lung, colorectal, breast and prostate cancers.
The numbers of new cases of many cancers have also been on the decline. Cancer of all types among men dropped by 0.6 percent each year from 2004 to 2008, the report said. Among women, the rate of new cases declined by 0.5 percent each year from 1998 to 2006, then leveled off until 2008.
The news of declining deaths from cancer is not completely new. The rate of cancer deaths has been on a steady downward trend since the 1990s. Experts say the declines in both deaths and new cases of cancer are the result of a general better scientific understanding of how to diagnose, treat and prevent cancer.
“The declines we’ve been seeing now, this reflects a lot of what we knew and applied and advances in the delivery of care that has been going on for a while,” said Brenda Edwards, a senior advisor for surveillance at the National Cancer Institute.
The arsenal of weapons to fight cancer has grown in recent years, helping doctors detect and treat cancer at earlier stages, and making it easier to beat.
Note from AMAC: Survival rates, for most types of cancer in the US, continue to be much higher than in European countries. The reason is because our health care is not subject to rationing of services which other countries do to reduce their cost of health care.
AMAC, Inc. recommends that you always consult your personal physician before making any health care decisions.