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Over the past 30 years, the death rate from cancer in the United States has decreased by almost a third: what is the reason for this

The death rate from cancer among men and women by 2019 has decreased by 32% compared with the peak value reached in 1991, according to a report from the American Cancer Society. Voice of America.

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We are talking about preventing about 3,5 million deaths.

According to experts, an important factor was the reduction in the number of smokers

The risk of dying from cancer in the United States has fallen by almost a third in three decades thanks to earlier diagnosis, better treatment and fewer smokers, experts say in an analysis.

“This success is largely due to the fact that fewer people began to smoke, which led to a decrease in the incidence of lung cancer and other cancers associated with smoking,” the authors of the report note, adding that lung cancer causes more deaths than other cancers.

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At the same time, the decline in mortality is accelerating. In the 1990s, the risk of dying from cancer dropped by 1 percent per year. Between 2015 and 2019, this rate declined twice as fast, at about 2 percent per year.

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Prevalence of cancer risk factors (%) among people aged ≥18 years by race, sex and region, USA, 2016–2019:

Screenshot from the site cancer.org

New cancer cases and deaths - 2022 estimates:

Screenshot from the site cancer.org

"The accelerating decline in mortality shows the power of prevention, screening, early diagnosis, treatment and demonstrates our common ability to move closer to a cancer-free world," the society's report says.

 

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