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Health Agencies Update
May 26, 2015

Report Describes Trends in US Cancer Incidence and Mortality Rates

JAMA. 2015;313(20):2014. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.4359

An update of cancer incidence, mortality, and trends in the United States reveals that while the incidence rates of some cancers is increasing, there are continuing declines in cancer death rates for men, women, and children and for nearly all of the most common cancer types (Kohler BA et al. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2015;107[6]:pii:djv048).

The report, produced in part by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute, notes that overall cancer incidence decreased for men by 1.8% annually from 2007 to 2011, whereas incidence rates for women were stable from 1998 to 2011. Among children, incidence rates continued to increase by 0.8% per year over the past decade. Cancer death rates have declined by about 1.8% per year from 2002 through 2011 for men and by about 1.4% per year for women.