Overall cancer mortality rates have decreased by 21 percent in men and 12.3 percent in women

-- Beth Gilbert

Thursday, July 8, 2010 (Last Updated: 07/09/2010)

THURSDAY, July 8 (HealthDay News) -- Because of reductions in overall cancer death rates among both men and women in the United States, approximately 767,000 deaths from cancer were averted between the early 1990's and 2006, according to a new report published online July 7 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

In the annual Cancer Statistics report, Ahmedin Jemal, Ph.D., of the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, and colleagues write that 1,529,560 new cancer cases (789,620 in men and 739,940 in women) and 569,490 deaths from cancer (299,200 in men and 270,290 in women) are projected to occur in 2010. However, they write that overall cancer incidence rates decreased by 1.3 percent per year from 2000 to 2006 in men, and by 0.5 percent per year from 1998 to 2006 in women. This decrease was largely attributed to decreases in lung, prostate, and colorectal cancers in men as well as breast and colorectal cancers in women.

According to the report, the overall death rate from cancer decreased from 180.7 per 100,000 in 2006 to 178.4 per 100,000 in 2007. Death rates for all races combined decreased by 21 percent in men between 1990 and 2006, with overall cancer death rates decreasing by 12.3 percent in women between 1991 and 2006. These reductions in death rates mean about 767,000 deaths from cancer were averted over the full time period. Reductions in lung, prostate, and colorectal cancer rates accounted for nearly 80 percent of the total decrease in death rates among men, and decreases in breast and colorectal cancer rates accounted for 60 percent of the total decrease in women.

"Although progress has been made in reducing incidence and mortality rates and improving survival, cancer still accounts for more deaths than heart disease in persons younger than 85 years," the authors write. "Further progress can be accelerated by applying existing cancer control knowledge across all segments of the population and by supporting new discoveries in cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment"

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