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Health Agencies Update
September 24, 2003

Cancer Death Rates Decline

JAMA. 2003;290(12):1569. doi:10.1001/jama.290.12.1569-a

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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