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Medical News and Perspectives
February 4, 2004

New Cancer Figures Released

JAMA. 2004;291(5):552. doi:10.1001/jama.291.5.552

While US death rates for most major cancers continue to decline, the total number of cancer deaths is rising due to a growing and aging population, said the American Cancer Society (ACS) during a briefing on new figures released in January.

The ACS made those figures public in "Cancer Facts & Figures 2004," the latest version of their annual report (http://www.cancer.org/statistics). According to the ACS, death rates have decreased in men by 1.5% per year since 1992 and have remained stable from 1998 through 2000 for women. An estimated 1.37 million individuals in the United States will be diagnosed as having cancer in 2004 and 563 700 will die of the disease.

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