Cancer Deaths Decrease…Except One

According to an article on Medscape, the combined death rate from all cancers in the United States has dropped by 25% since 1991. Despite this, a Cancer Statistics 2017 report shows that cancer incidence and mortality rates are typically higher in men and racial disparities still exist. What’s more, there is one cancer that is continuing to increase and that is liver cancer,  as has been reported previously by Medscape Medical News.

More from the Medscape article:

“Cancer death rates peaked in the United States in 1991 and they’ve gone down 1 to 2% every year ever since,” Otis Brawley, MD, chief medical officer, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Georgia, said in a prepared audio clip for the press.

“That actually equates to 2.1 million cancer deaths that did not happen over that time period and the drop is the result of a steady reduction in smoking as well as advances in early detection and treatment,” he added.

The report was published online January 4 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

Read the article here