Death Rate of Cancer Decreased in the United States

SHAFAQNA – American Cancer Society releases a new report that suggests that over 1.5 million people in the United States escaped cancer deaths since 1991 because of the significant decline in smoking rates as well as new advancement in the cancer treatments, prevention as well as detection.

Overall death rate from cancer was declined from around 215 per 100,000 people in 1991 to around 169 out of 100,000 people in 2011 as found by the study.

Rebecca Siegel, a study researcher, said that reduction in the death rate can be sped up by applying existing cancer control knowledge across all segments of population. For this new study, researchers compiled data that is collected from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the National Center for Health Statistics and the National Cancer Institute. Researchers found that the cases of cancer dropped down to 1.8 percent among males while it decreased to 1.4 percent in female members of the society. The report explains that even the death rate by cancer dropped sufficiently over the past two decades, the study showed that not all the Americans are benefiting equally while at the other hand drop in deaths varied from state to state.

The huge geographic variation in cancer death rates as well as trends reflects differences in risk factor patterns such as smoking as well as obesity. Patterns of disparities in the over all nationwide distribution of poverty as well as folks’ access to health care have also contributed much to the varying rates as the disparities increased over time in some areas. Death by breast cancer rates have also dropped down to thirty six percent between 1990 and 2011 in male members of the society while it decreased by 11 percent between 2002 and 2011 among females.

The findings of the study were published in the health journal CA : A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

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