The American Cancer Society (ACS) has reported that cancer death rates are unceasingly marking a plunge in U.S.; however, the decrease is mainly backed by improved efforts to detect the malignant disease at an initial stages, better treatments, and smoking cessation.
"Not all of this was due to some remarkable breakthrough in medical treatment, although some of it certainly is due to better cancer care", outlined Leonard Lichtenfeld, MD, MACP, and Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the national office of the American Cancer Society, on his blog.
The figures posted that death rates for all cancer types combined registered a plunge 2% annually from 2001 to 2006 in males, while, a fall of 1.5% annually from 2002 to 2006 in females.
However, the ACS has augured that 1.5 plus million accounting to 789,620 men and 739,940 women as new cancer cases will be diagnosed in 2010.
It has estimated that nearly 569,490 people will succumb to cancer in 2010.
In addition, the report highlighted that lung, prostate, and colorectal cancers in men and lung, breast, and colorectal cancers in women will remain to be called as the common malignant cancers that lead to nearly 50% of the deaths due to cancer among men and women.
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