Report Suggests Steady Improvements in Cancer Survival

The annual report was published in the March 30 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The report was co-authored by experts from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, the American Cancer Society, CDC, and the National Cancer Institute.

America is making slow but steady progress against cancer, with a continuing decline in cancer deaths, according to a new report.

The overall cancer death rate fell an average 1.5% per year between 2002 and 2011, representing improved survival for men, women, and children, the report found. The rate of new cancer cases also declined an average 0.5% a year during that period. Experts say the promising figures reflect success in both treating and heading off cancer in the body's four most vulnerable sites—the lungs, colon, breasts, and prostate.

"These numbers reflect a combination of factors that include prevention, early detection and improved treatment," said report co-author Ahmedin Jemal, vice president of surveillance research for the American Cancer Society. However, the new report also found that cancer rates are rising for some rarer forms of cancer, including cancer of the liver, mouth and throat, thyroid, and kidneys.

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