- The Washington Times - Friday, March 31, 2017

Cancer deaths are declining, the National Institutes of Health announced Friday.

Death rates decreased by over 1.5 percent for men, women and children while survival rates for early and late-stage diseases “significantly improved.”

Across all genders, races and age groups death rates went down for lung, colorectal, and prostate cancer. Deaths from breast cancer in women also declined.

However, the authors note that survival rates varied by race and ethnicity and by state.

Death rates increased for cancers of the liver, pancreas and brain in men and for liver and uterine cancer in women, the NIH writes.

The data are taken from the period 2010-2014 and were compiled by the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer. It’s published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

“The continued drops in overall cancer death rates in the United States are welcome news, reflecting improvements in prevention, early detection, and treatment,” said Betsy A. Kohler, executive director of North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, in the NIH statement. “But this report also shows us that progress has been limited for several cancers, which should compel us to renew our commitment to efforts to discover new strategies for prevention, early detection, and treatment, and to apply proven interventions broadly and equitably.”

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