Cancer deaths in U.S. drop, thanks to fewer smokers, group says

December 31, 2014 11:11 PM

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Cancer deaths in U.S. drop, thanks to fewer smokers, group says

Deaths from cancer have fallen 22 percent nationwide and 29 percent in New York over the past several decades, much of that due to fewer smokers, the American Cancer Society reported Wednesday.

New York had the third-largest drop nationwide in cancer deaths from 1990 to 2011, according to the cancer society's annual report, in which it reviews data and estimates new cancer cases and deaths for the coming year.

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