Deaths from cancer continue to drop, and the decline appears to be accelerating, federal health officials detail in a report out Monday.
The rate of cancer started falling in 1992 with improved treatment and Americans taking to heart the message that not smoking, eating better and seeking early detection would reduce their risks. But the new report shows cancer deaths declined on average 2.1% each year from 2002 to 2004, the most recent year for which detailed data are available. That rate was nearly twice the annual decrease from 1993 to 2002.
The decline was more pronounced in men, 2.6% a year, than women, 1.8% a year, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and others.
Read it here.
I blame Bush.