Finally Cancer Rates Are Improving

Cases of new cancer diagnoses have leveled off, while the overall death rate from the disease decreased, an annual report by U.S. cancer organizations found. For the total population, death rates decreased for 11 of the 15 most common cancers in men and for 10 of the 15 most common cancers in women. Key findings from the report include:

  • *** cancer rates stabilized from 2001-2003, possibly partly due to the decline in use of hormone-replacement therapy.
  • Cancer rates in Hispanics are lower overall than among other groups.
  • Thyroid cancer rates among women increased 2.2 percent per year from 1981-1993, 4.6 percent per year from 1993 to 2000 and 9.1 percent per year from 2000 to 2003. Rates in men also increased.

Cancer is still a leading cause of death in American, with 1.4 million new diagnoses and more than 560,000 deaths expected this year. However, you can drastically reduce your risk of cancer by following these 11 tips.

USA Today September 7, 2006

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