The death rates for lung, breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer in
the United States declined in the late 1990s, according to the "Annual Report
to the Nation on the Status of Cancer" published by the National Cancer Institute,
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Cancer Society.
The prostate cancer death rate dropped most dramatically, falling on
average 4% per year from 1994-2000 to a rate of 32.9 deaths per 100 000
cases. However, the death rate for black men remained much higher, 73 deaths
per 100 000 cases. Deaths from lung cancer dropped an average of 0.7%
per year from 1991-2000 to 56.8 deaths per 100 000 cases; deaths from
colorectal cancer dropped an average of 1.7% per year from 1984-2000 to 21.2
deaths per 100 000 cases; and female deaths from breast cancer dropped
an average of 2.3% per year from 1990-2000 to 27.7 deaths per 100 000
cases (J Natl Cancer Inst. 2003;95:1276-1299).
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