Cancer mortality rate in U.S. is declining

A report by the American Cancer Society has found that cancer mortality rates have declined between the years 2002 – 2007.

The report found that for men, the mortality rate has declined 1.9%, and for women, 1.5%.  Other key findings from the report include:

  • Cancer mortality rates are about twice as high among people with less than or equal to 12 years of education compared to highly educated people
  • Lung cancer rates in woman have begun to decline
  • Cancers of the prostate, lung, and colorectum account for more than half of all newly diagnosed cancers in men
  • Cancers of the breast, lung, and colorectum account for more than half of estimated cancer cases in women 

(Sources: The American Cancer Society, http://www.cancer.org, June, 2011; AHA News Now, http://ahanews.com, June 20, 2011)