U.S. cancer rates are declining

Cancer. How does the word resonate with you?

Nowadays, it seems as though each and every single one of us has been affected by cancer in some way. Whether we’ve had it ourselves or know someone in our lives who has, cancer has an uncanny ability of generating unification among us all.

While it may seem unlikely, cancer rates in the U.S. are dropping. In fact, “fewer and fewer people are dying from cancer in the United States every year, with 2017 showing the largest single-year drop in cancer mortality ever reported … the cancer death rate declined by 29% from 1991 to 2017, including a whopping 2.2% drop from 2016 to 2017,” says an article from The Good News Network.

This decline has been in progress for quite a while now, as well. For over a decade, to be more specific. “Overall cancer death rates dropped by an average of 1.5% per year during the most recent decade of data (2008-2017), continuing a trend that began in the early 1990s and resulting in the 29% drop in cancer mortality in that time,” the article explains.

The four major types of cancer – lung, colorectal, breast and prostate – have all seen long-term declines in their death rates throughout this 26-year period, the article states, helping to contribute to a decrease in cancer diagnoses overall with mixed trends as of late.

Regarding lung cancer in particular, “The pace of mortality reductions for lung cancer—the leading cause of cancer death—accelerated in recent years (from 2% per year to 4% overall) spurring the record one-year drop in overall cancer mortality. In contrast, progress slowed for colorectal, breast, and prostate cancers,” says the article.

This positive news comes from Cancer Statistics 2020, which happens to be the most recent edition of the American Cancer Society’s annual report on cancer rates and trends.

If this isn’t an example of good news, I’m not sure what would be.

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