Poor diets, lack of physical activity and obesity are all cancer risks that seem to attributing to the cause.
Still there is good news, however.
Among men, cancer death rates dropped by nearly 2 percent a year between 2000 and 2009, and by 1.4 percent a year among women.
That's according to a report published by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Researchers credit advances in treatment and better screening.
Prostate, lung and colorectal cancers all saw declines.
However, deaths still are rising for other cancers, including liver, pancreatic and among men, melanoma.