Cancer rates continue to decline

December 7, 2009 2:58:07 PM PST
Fewer people are being diagnosed with cancer and fewer still are dying from it, according to the latest US data. The decreases are largely driven by declines in lung, prostate, and colorectal cancers for men, and breast and colorectal cancer for women.

New diagnoses for all types of cancer combined decreased on average 1% per year between 1999 and 2006.

Cancer deaths decreased by 1.6% per year between 2001 and 2006.