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,
Why this matters: The latest figures show that the overall risk of dying from cancer is declining rapidly.
- The falling death rate is about 3.5 million fewer cancer deaths over a 28-year period, which remained the same rate, The ACS notes in a press release.
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.