Report indicates cancer incidence and mortality rates on decline; survival rates improve

Report indicates cancer incidence and mortality rates on decline; survival rates improve

Genevieve Ressel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries released their annual report in June on the status of cancer. New data indicate improvements in prevention, early detection, and treatment, but not all parts of the U.S. population have gained equally from these improvements. Mortality rates from all cancers dropped 1.1 percent between 1993 and 2001, and the percentage of patients who have survived more than five years after being diagnosed with cancer has increased over the past 20 years. More information is available online at http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/r040603b.htm, and the report can be accessed at http://interscience.wiley.com/cancer/report2004.

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