Posted by: Dan | January 19, 2007

Annual Cancer Deaths Drop Again

Last year, I mentioned that Cancer Deaths Fall had Fallen for First Time, and now the American Cancer Society is announcing that the drop was not a fluke.

An American Cancer Society report shows there was a drop of 3,014 cancer deaths in the United States from 2003 to 2004, the most recent year for which mortality data are available from the National Center for Health Statistics. This drop was significantly larger than the 369 fewer deaths reported for the previous time period (2002 to 2003), which itself marked the first decline in actual number of cancer deaths in the more than 70 years since nationwide data began to be compiled.

Still, the drop accounts for less than 0.5% of cancer deaths for the given year, which is a mere drop in the bucket. But given the overall trend, which has been moving in this direction since the early 90’s, it’s safe to say that cancer researchers are succeeding in understanding and treating this disease, little by little.


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