Cancer death rates have plummeted a staggering 27 percent in the last 25 years، a new American Cancer Society report reveals، as the Daily Mail reported.
In real terms، that means there were 2.6 million fewer deaths between 1991 and 2016 than there would have been without recent innovations in treatments and early detection.
The drop was driven by huge strides made in treating breast cancer (with deaths down 40 percent)، prostate cancer (down 51 percent)، colorectal cancer (down 53 percent)، and lung cancer (down 48 percent for men and 23 percent for women).
The progress was not across the board: death rates are up for hard-to-treat cancers of the liver، uterus، brain، and HPV-related cancers.
One of the biggest concerns، though، is the glaring socioeconomic divide that it widening despite huge gains made to close the racial gap.
Now، women in poor counties are twice as likely to die of cervical cancer than women in affluent ones. Men in poor counties are 40 percent more likely to die of lung and liver cancer than their well-off peers. These [poor] counties are low-hanging fruit for locally focused cancer control efforts، including increased access to basic health care and interventions for smoking cessation، healthy living، and cancer screening programs،' write the authors of the report، released today.
'A broader application of existing cancer control knowledge with an emphasis on disadvantaged groups would undoubtedly accelerate progress against cancer.'
In terms of incidence، men have seen better progress than women.
The rate of men diagnosed with cancer has dropped about two percent a year since 2006، while it hasn't budged much for women.