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US Cancer Deaths Decline But Remains As Top Killer in 21 States

Update Date: Jan 09, 2016 01:29 PM EST
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A new report published by the American Cancer Society revealed that deaths caused by cancer has dropped by as much as 23% since its peak nearly 25 years ago as result of huge leaps in early detection, cancer treatment, and an increasing number of people who kicked cigarette smoking for good.

"Cancer death rates are continuing to decline by about 1.5 percent per year. We are doing very well, I would say, is the bottom line," said strategic director for surveillance information services for the American Cancer Society and study author Rebecca Siegel as quoted by US News.

The huge fall means 1.7 million cancer deaths averted through 2012 as contained in American Cancer Society's annual report entitled 'Cancer Statistics 2016'- a comprehensive statistical record of cancer incidence, mortality, and survival rates across the United States.

Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the medical group, offered an explanation for the successful decline of cancer deaths for more than two decades.

"Part of the decline in cancer mortality rates is because of smoking cessation and some of our successes in battling tobacco,... improvements in our ability to treat many of these cancers...and from the success of what I'll call 'wise screening," said Dr. Brawley as mentioned by WCVB 5 Boston News.

According to a report by RT USA, 314, 290 men and 281, 400 women are estimated to die from different types of cancer mostly those that affect the digestive, respiratory, and genital systems. The figures are roughly translated to 1, 600 deaths every day.

Despite the apparent reduction in cancer deaths nationwide, cancer still remains the top killer across 21 states as deaths due to cardiovascular diseases decline. Also, it remains the second leading cause of mortality among children and early teens with 1, 250 expected to die from it for this year alone.

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