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Health Agencies Update
May 23/30, 2017

Cancer Death Rates Decrease in Men, Women, and Children

JAMA. 2017;317(20):2053. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.6139

Overall death rates from cancer are decreasing in the United States, according to the “Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer” issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries.

The 2017 report found that cancer mortality decreased 1.8% per year in men, 1.4% per year in women, and 1.6% per year in children between 2010 and 2014. During this time frame, death rates decreased for lung, colorectal, female breast, and prostate cancers, among others, but increased for liver cancer in men and women, pancreas and brain cancers in men, and uterine cancer.

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