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Cancer deaths continue to decline as smoking rates drop

05 January 2018, 07:21 | Melissa Porter

Jessica Tezak The Evansville Courier & Press via AP

Jessica Tezak The Evansville Courier & Press via AP

Cancer mortality in the US, in terms of deaths per 100,000 population after adjustment for age, fell 1.7% from 2014 to 2015, according to a statistical report from the American Cancer Society.

Prostate, lung, and colorectal cancers account for 42% of all cases in men, with prostate cancer alone accounting for nearly one in five new diagnoses.

A new report shows cancer-related deaths are down in the U.S. After cancer, heart disease is the second major cause of death in individuals. "Strikingly though, tobacco remains by far the leading cause of cancer deaths today, responsible for almost three in 10 cancer deaths".

Cancer deaths dropped 1.7 percent from 2014 to 2015, the most recent year reported in the American Cancer Society's annual tally of deaths from the disease.

The most common cancers in men include prostate, lung and colorectal cancers, amounting to 42 percent of all diagnoses, while women most frequently face breast, lung and colorectal cancer.

According to the report, men a slightly more likely to develop a form - most commonly, prostate, lung and colorectal - of cancer than women.

Cancer deaths numbered 595,930 in 2015, with lung, prostate, and colorectal cancers in men and lung, breast, and colorectal cancers in women accounting for 45% of cancer mortality.

Among women, breast, lung and colorectal cancers total half of all cases.

Steady reductions in smoking, plus better detection and treatment, accounted for a significant part of the decline.

In 2015, the cancer death rate was 14 percent higher in non-Hispanic blacks than in non-Hispanic whites, down from a peak of 33 percent higher in 1993.

The lifetime probability of being diagnosed with cancer is 39.7 percent for men compared with 37.6 for women.

The report also finds that while the racial gap in cancer mortality continues to narrow, this mainly reflects progress in older age groups, and masks stark persistent inequalities for young and middle-aged black Americans.

But the report is still good news.

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