Cancer Deaths Declined 20 Percent Since 1991
Cancer deaths have declined 20 percent since 1991, which means there were 1.2 million fewer deaths from cancer in 2009, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). The overall cancer death rate decreased from 215 per 100,000 in 1991 to 173 per 100,000 in 2009. Death rates declined more sharply for colon and rectal cancers in both men and women, for cancers of the lung and prostate in men, and for breast cancers in women. The ACS attributes the drops to decreases in smoking and improvements in early detection and treatment.