Today we have reached a milestone in the fight against cancer: According to a new report, U.S. cancer death rates have declined continuously for the last quarter of a century.
Between the years 1991 and 2016, cancer death rates in the U.S. alone had seen a steady decline, dropping steadily by about 1.5 percent per year, this resulted in an overall decline of 27 percent during the 25-year-period, according to the report from the American Cancer Society (ACS). That translates to an estimated 2.6 million fewer cancer deaths than would have been expected if death rates had remained at their peak level, the researchers said.
But despite this progress, there are growing disparities in cancer deaths according to socioeconomic status, with people living in poorer communities experiencing an increasingly larger burden of preventable cancers, the report said. [10 Do’s and Don’ts to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer]
Although the continued decline in overall cancer death rates is good news, the “bad news that this report highlighted [is that] inequalities are widening, particularly among those of low socioeconomic status,” said Dr. Darrell Gray II, deputy director of the Center for Cancer Health Equity at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, who was not involved in the study. “It underscores the importance of health care providers, researchers and lay community members and advocates to continue to push toward health equity,” Gray told Live Science.Tags: Cancer, Death Rate
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