Cancer may be finally losing its grip


January 18, 2013 3:35:45 PM PST
New findings from the American Cancer Society confirm that the overall death rate for cancer in the United States is going down.

They continue to decline for all four major cancers: lung, colorectal, breast and prostate. But the largest improvements in survival have been for leukemia and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Still, not all have benefited equally. Minority men have a greater chance of dying from cancer within five years of diagnosis.

African-Americans remain less likely than whites to get standard cancer therapies.

The American Cancer Society says these numbers could improve further by better educating all segments of the population.