Cancer Deaths in US drop by 22 Percent in 20 Years

January 3, 2015 7:50 AM

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Cancer Deaths in US drop by 22 Percent in 20 Years

According to the American Cancer Society's annual statistics report, cancer death rate has dropped by 22 percent in last the 2 decades in the United States. The report states that there has been a significant drop in cancer induced deaths in almost all states. Southern states have reported the smallest decline - 15% - as compared to the northern states where the drop was quite significant. In terms of numbers, almost a whopping 1.5 million people in US have been spared falling prey to the deadly disease in a span of 20 years.

"The continuing drops we are seeing in cancer mortality are reason to celebrate, but not to stop," said John Seffrin, PhD, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society. Largely driven by rapid increases in lung cancer deaths among men as a consequence of the tobacco epidemic, the overall c...

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