American Cancer Society: Death Rate From Cancer 25% Lower Than 25 Years Ago

In the year to come, an estimated 1,688,780 people in the United States are expected to get a cancer diagnosis, and cancer will claim the lives of a projected 600,920, as reported in the Los Angeles Times.

That death toll, however grim, represents a death rate from cancer that is 25% lower than it was a quarter-century ago — a drop driven by steady reductions in smoking rates and advances in early detection and treatment. Between 1991 and 2014, that boost in cancer survivorship translates to approximately 2,143,200 fewer cancer deaths than might have been expected if death rates had remained at their peak.

Better treatment protocols and more precise therapies have driven the most dramatic improvements in these numbers, says the American Cancer Society’s annual report card on cancer.

Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times.

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