1.5 Million Lives Spared by Cancer Death Rate Reduction in 20 Years, Study Says

December 31, 2014 6:33 PM

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1.5 Million Lives Spared by Cancer Death Rate Reduction in 20 Years, Study Says

More than 1.5 million lives were spared thanks to a nationwide decrease in cancer deaths in the past 20 years, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society.

The report out this week reveals cancer deaths have dropped 22 percent since 1991. If they hadn't and had continued climbing -- as they had between 1940 and 1991 -- an additional 1,071,600 men and 447,700 women would have died, according to the report.

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