Cancer death rate falls 32% since peak in 1991

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According to the American Cancer Society report, there has been a 32% drop in the death rate from cancer between 1991 and 2019 released on wednesday,

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Why this matters: The latest figures show that the overall risk of dying from cancer is declining rapidly.

Description: The ACS partly attributes this to the earlier detection of lung cancer, the fact that patients with the disease tend to live longer after diagnosis.

  • The report also credits increased access to screening and care, declining rates of smoking, and newly available combination therapies.
  • The rate of liver cancer, one of the deadliest, has also stabilized, when only a few years ago it was the fastest growing cancer according to the ACS.

Warning: The newly reported figures do not account for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer diagnoses and deaths, the ACS notes.


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