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U.S. cancer rates continue their decline: report

Posted Dec 08 2009 8:14am

By Maggie Fox >>

Fewer people are getting cancer and death rates continue to fall, according to the latest report on cancer in the United States, released on Monday.

New diagnoses for all types of cancer fell by almost 1 percent per year on average from 1999 to 2006 and deaths fell 1.6 percent per year from 2001 to 2006, the National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Cancer Society and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries reported.

Declines in rates of new cases and rates of death for the most common types of cancer — lung, breast, prostate and colorectal cancers — are mostly responsible, they reported in the journal Cancer.

“The continued decline in overall cancer rates documents the success we have had with our aggressive efforts to reduce risk in large populations, to provide for early detection, and to develop new therapies that have been successfully applied in this past decade,” NCI Director Dr John Niederhuber said in a statement.

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