Cancer deaths on decline

August 13, 2009 2:52:31 PM PDT
Cancer is expected to surpass heart disease as the number one cause of death in the U.S. by next year, but the number of people dying from cancer is actually on the decline.The journal Cancer is reporting that the number of cancer deaths across America has declined steadily over the last 30 years.

Researchers say factors including prevention, early detection and better treatments are helping make gains against the disease.

The study finds that people born since the 1930s have enjoyed a decreased risk of cancer death at every age.

People in the youngest age group, those 35 to 45, had a decline greater than 25 percent per decade.

In childhood cancers, advances in treatments for leukemia and lymphoma may mean many more people can survive cancers that were once considered a death sentence.


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