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U.S. Cancer Death Rates Drop by 20% over Two Decades — Physician’s First Watch

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January 8, 2014

U.S. Cancer Death Rates Drop by 20% over Two Decades

By Kelly Young

Cancer death rates declined by 20% between 1991 and 2010, according to a new compendium of statistics from the American Cancer Society. The 2010 rate stood at 172 per 100,000 population, down from a peak of 215 per 100,000 in 1991 — translating to about 1.3 million cancer deaths averted in the past two decades.

The article, published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, notes that for black men in their 40s, the drop in cancer mortality has been even steeper, with a 55% decline, which the CEO of the American Cancer Society called "extraordinary." However, he said, "it is immediately tempered by the knowledge that death rates are still higher among black men than white men for nearly every major cancer and for all cancers combined."

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