American Cancer Society Release New Cancer Statistics
January 5, 2012

American Cancer Society Release New Cancer Statistics

The American Cancer Society said in its annual report on cancer statistics on Wednesday that cancer death rates are continuing to fall.

The report said that cancer rates have fallen 1.8 percent per year in men and 1.6 percent per year in women between 2004 and 2008.

The American Cancer Society said advances in cancer screening and treatment have prevented over a million total deaths from cancer since the early 1990s.

From 1990 through 2008, death rates plunged almost 23 percent for men and just over 15 percent for women.

The report claims that 1,638,910 people will be newly diagnosed with cancer this year, and 577,190 people will die from it.

It said that declines in lung cancer deaths accounted for almost 40 percent of the total decline in men, and longer lives among breast cancer survivors resulted in 34 percent of the total drop in women.

However, the group said new cases of seven less-common cancers rose in the past decade, which suggest more could be done.  One in four deaths in the U.S. each year is due to cancer.

"These are worrisome trends which require further study and intervention," Dr. Michael V. Seiden, president and CEO of Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, told USA Today.

Experts do not know the reasons behind the increases in cancers of the pancreas, liver, thyroid and kidney, but they said it may be related to the growing obesity epidemic.


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