American Cancer Rate Is Falling, Study Shows

American Cancer Rate Is Falling, Study Shows


As the second leading cause of death, there’s no doubt that cancer is one of America’s most deadliest killers. However, a study published this past May suggests that cancer is actually affecting less American men and women in recent years. In fact, according to the report compiled by researchers from the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, the number of new cancer cases declined by an average of 1% each year from 2010 to 2014.

Aside from an overall declining cancer rate, the study showed that men on average have a higher incidence of cancer than women. While the female cancer rate remained the same each year from 1999 to 2014, the male cancer rate saw a pretty significant drop in the number of new cancer cases each year. Additionally for both men and women, cancer’s mortality rate fell by an average of 1.5% per year from 2010 to 2015. Overall, cancer mortality rates were still higher for men than women.

This report bolsters the American Cancer Society’s assertion in early 2018 that cancer rates have been on the steady decline in recent years. The organization published an annual report in January 2018 that found the incidence of cancer in men declined an average of 2% annually from 1999 to 2015. Similar to the May 2018 report, researchers also found the mortality rate for men and women declined an average of 1.5% each year from 2006 to 2015.

A more recent study addresses cancer rate trends in children, stating that cancer registry data suggests that American children were diagnosed at rising rates from 2010 to 2014. However, young patients were more likely to survive cancer after diagnosis. The study also lays out racial disparities while also discussing which cancers became more and less deadly. You can check out the study here for the complete breakdown.

Dr. Steven Lipsky

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