- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 4, 2005

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More U.S. women are being diagnosed with cancer, but rates among men are stable and cancer is killing fewer people, according to a report issued yesterday.

Death rates from all cancers dropped by 1.1 percent per year from 1993 to 2002, the annual “Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer” found. Prevention, earlier detection and better treatments all helped lower the rates, the report said.

Minorities and women are not benefiting as much as white men, said the report, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

“The cancer incidence rate for all sites combined was 25 percent higher in black men than in white men, and the incidence rates for black men were more than 50 percent higher than those in white men for myeloma and cancers of the prostate, lung, stomach, liver, esophagus, and larynx,” the researchers wrote.

The cancer death rate overall was 43 percent higher in black men than in white men.

The National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and North American Association of Central Cancer Registries join forces every year to compile the report on the 15 most common U.S. cancers.

This latest report details incidence and death rates in recent years, data that take years to collect and analyze.

“Overall cancer death rates for all racial and ethnic populations combined decreased by 1.1 percent per year from 1993 through 2002; the decline was more pronounced among men,” the researchers wrote.

“Death rates decreased for 12 of the 15 most common cancers in men (i.e., lung, prostate, colon and rectum, pancreas, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, bladder, stomach, and brain and other nervous system, myeloma, oral cavity, and melanoma) and for nine of the 15 most common cancers in women (i.e., breast, colon and rectum, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, brain, stomach, myeloma, cervix, and bladder).”

Overall cancer rates stayed the same for men but increased by 0.3 percent per year for women.

“Among women, lung cancer death rates increased from 1995 through 2002, but lung cancer incidence rates stabilized from 1998 through 2002,” the researchers wrote.

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