More than 1.5 million cancer deaths averted in last two decades

December 31, 2014 11:07 AM

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More than 1.5 million cancer deaths averted in last two decades

More Americans are surviving cancer, according to the American Cancer Society's annual cancer statistics report, which finds rates of cancer deaths have dropped 22 percent over the last two decades. This amounts to a total of 1.5 million cancer deaths averted, a result of earlier detection, better screening practices, improved treatments and lower rates of smoking.

The report, published in the journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, is based on the most recent data from the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and mortality figures from the National Center for Health Statistics.

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