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Cancer Death Rates Down 20 Percent In Last 20 Years

Cancer Death Rates Down 20 Percent In Last 20 Years

Cancer death rates have decreased by as much as twenty percent from their peak twenty years ago, says a new study from researchers at the American Cancer Society. The data comes as part of two studies--"Cancer Facts and Figures 2013" and "Cancer Statistics 2013."

According to the ACS, leading causes for the dip in cancer rates could be less tobacco use across the country and earlier detection for colorectal, breast, lung and prostate cancers.

"The big picture is that progress is steady, and for the four major cancer sites, progress is even more rapid. Cancer death rates peaked in the 1990s, and we have seen a 1% decline per year, but we are seeing much larger declines for the most common cancers," says researcher Rebecca Siegel of the American Cancer Society in Atlanta.

by RTT Staff Writer

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