Report shows continued decline in death rates from four leading cancers – Newsletter

Report shows continued decline in death rates from four leading cancers – Newsletter – Brief Article

Matthew Neff

According to data from a new report, the death rates from the four most common cancers (lung, breast, prostate, and colorectal) continued to decline in the late 1990s both nationally and in most states. This report contained the following findings: the death rate from lung cancer continued to decline among white and black men; the death rates from breast cancer continued to decline despite a gradual, long-term increase in the rate of new diagnoses; prostate cancer death rates have been declining since 1994, but incidence rates have been increasing since 1995; and colorectal cancer death rates have been declining for both blacks and whites. The report, titled “Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2000,” concluded that further reductions in cancer can be achieved through strong federal, state, local, and private partnerships that apply evidence-based cancer control measures. The report was produced by the CDC, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and the National American Association of Central Cancer. Additional information on this report is available online at www.cancer.gov/newscenter/pressreleases/2003ReportRelease.

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