Cancer Mortality Drops for the Second Year in a Row

Cancer Mortality Drops for the Second Year in a Row

Declines in Lung Cancer DeathWhile progress in reducing mortality due to other leading causes of has slowed, it has accelerated for cancer (the second leading cause). “As a result, lung cancer accounted for almost half (46%) of the overall decline in cancer mortality in the past five years and spurred a record single-year drop (2.4% from 2017 to 2018) for the second year in a row.”These rapid reductions reflect better treatment for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the most common type. For all stages combined, survival is highest for prostate cancer (98%), melanoma of the skin (93%) and female breast cancer (90%). While lung cancer and colorectal cancer have declined, the incidence of breast cancer in women increased by about 0.5% per year from 2008 to 2017; this is attributed at least in part to declines in fertility (pregnancy protects against breast cancer) and increased body weight. Colorectal cancer has overtaken leukemia as the second leading cause of cancer death for men ages 20 to 39, reflecting rising trends in colorectal cancer among young adults and declining leukemia rates.

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