American Cancer Society Release Projected Cancer Cases, Deaths for 2018

Cancer death rate has been reduced

Cancer remains the number two cause of death in America, where it continues to cause more than 600,000 deaths annually.

Disease Statistics 2018, the association's yearly take a gander at occurrence, mortality and survival, tracks the decadeslong decrease in mortality as driven to a great extent by falling demise rates among four malignancies - lung, bosom, prostate and colorectal tumor.

Since then, cancer-related deaths have gone down by more than 26-percent.

The report estimates that this year there will be 1.7 million new cancer cases and 609,640 cancer deaths in the United States. "Strikingly though, tobacco remains by far the leading cause of cancer deaths today, responsible for almost three in 10 cancer deaths".

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends women screen for breast cancer at age 50 and men should consult their doctors before considering a prostate exam.

Cancer is still a destructive blight on American society, however, and is estimated to have killed 158.6 per 1,000 people diagnosed with the disease in 2015.

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On the heels of awareness campaigns and a push to encourage Americans to get more frequent colonoscopies and check ups, death rates for colorectal and prostate cancers are less than half of what they were in 1993, helping to cap overall mortality.

In women, 14 percent of deaths are from breast cancer, 7 percent from pancreatic cancer, and 5 percent from cancer of the ovaries.

With the variation in cancer death rate, the lifetime probability is still higher in men than women.

And while death rates were not statistically significantly different between whites and blacks in 13 states, that did not necessarily mean progress, the authors noted. After cancer, heart disease is the second major cause of death in individuals. In Delaware, for example, paying for screenings and treatment for the uninsured helped to drastically reduce colorectal cancer mortality rates and shrink the gap between blacks and whites. Cancer mortality was lower for blacks than whites in MA among all ages and in NY among those 65 and older, but higher in the District of Columbia, Wisconsin, Kansas, Louisiana, Illinois, and California.

Steady reductions in smoking, plus better detection and treatment, accounted for a significant part of the decline.

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