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Health Agencies Update
April 15, 1998

Report Card on Cancer

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JAMA. 1998;279(15):1153. doi:10.1001/jama.279.15.1153-JHA80002-4-1

The overall incidence rate of US cancer cases inched downward in the 1990s, reversing a nearly 20-year trend, according to the latest report from the American Cancer Society, the NCI, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

After increasing by more than 1% per year from 1973 to 1990, cancer incidence rates for all sites combined decreased an average of 0.7% per year from 1990 to 1995. Cancer mortality also dropped an average of 0.5% per year during that latter period (Cancer. 1998;82:1197-1207).