Report: US cancer rates decreasing

March 30, 2012 4:37:51 AM PDT
Cancer rates continue to decrease, according to the latest annual report put out by the American Cancer Society and the CDC.

The report includes nearly every cancer case reported in the U.S. through 2008.

The findings show the overall number of deaths caused by cancer is dropping by 1.5 percent annually for adults and 1.7 percent for children.

The rate of new cancer cases is also down by half of 1 percent, continuing a trend that began in 1999.

Researchers credit better screening and treatment, as well as efforts to reduce smoking and other unhealthy behaviors among the public.