American Cancer Society reports record decline in nation's cancer death rate

by Laura Mize · Jan 8th, 2020 10:51 am
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Last Updated Jan 8th, 2020 at 11:12 am

Declines in lung cancer and skin cancer deaths have lead to the largest single-year drop ever recorded in the U.S. cancer death rate, according to the American Cancer Society.

The rate of all cancer deaths was down 2.2% nationwide from 2016 to 2017, the organization reported in a recently published scientific paper. America's cancer death rate has been dropping for about 25 years.

Experts attribute the reduction in lung-cancer deaths to the trend of fewer people smoking, along with improvements in identification and treatment of the disease. Skin cancer death rates are down largely due to more effective drugs and treatment strategies for fighting melanoma.

Despite the good news, the American Cancer Society still predicts 600,000 cancer deaths in the U.S. in 2020, the Wall Street Journal reports.