Cancer Rates in the U.S. Fall to a 25-Year Low

Cancer rates have fallen off nearly 30 percent since 2016, according to a new report.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently released a new report noting that, “The overall cancer death rate dropped continuously from 1991 to 2016 by a total of 27 percent, translating into approximately 2,629,200 fewer cancer deaths than would have been expected if death rates had remained at their peak.”

According to Reason, “mortality and incidence statistics. In 1991, the cancer death rate stood at 215 per 100,000 people and has fallen in 2016 to 156 per 100,000 people. The report also notes that the cancer death rate between 2007 and 2016 for both women and men declined annually by 1.4 and 1.8 percent, respectively.”

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The cancer rates also stayed steady among women and dropped by 2 percent a year for men.

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“In other words,” Reason points out, “the modern world is not producing an epidemic of cancer as predicted by so many activists.”

So, why is cancer falling?

Most of the decline in both incidence and mortality is due to reductions in smoking tobacco (which increases the risk of a number of cancers, particularly lung cancer) and advances in the early detection and treatment of cancer. According to the report, LiveScience notes, lung cancer death rates have dropped by 48 percent among men from 1990 to 2016…

Well, that makes sense. Smoking has been falling, for sure.

But cancer from smoking is not the only rates falling:

… and 23 percent among women from 2002 to 2016. Breast cancer death rates dropped 40 percent among women from 1989 to 2016; prostate cancer death rates dropped by 51 percent among men from 1993 to 2016; and colorectal cancer death rates dropped by 53 percent among both men and women from 1970 to 2016. The reduction in death rates for breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer reflect the use of screening tests that result in earlier detection and, in the case of colorectal cancer, the removal of precancerous polyps during colonoscopy.

Some cancers have seen a slight uptick, though. Melanoma, liver, and thyroid cancers have risen a small percentage.

Well, this is all good news, isn’t it?

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