US cancer death rate sees largest-ever single-year drop, report says

CNN (01/08/2020)
  • US cancer deaths declined by 2.2% from 2016-2017 (American Cancer Society), driven largely by a sharp decline in lung cancer deaths thanks to smoking reductions and improving treatments.
  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of US cancer deaths, exceeding breast, colorectal and prostate cancer deaths combined.
  • Overall, US cancer deaths have decline by 29% since the 1991 peak.
  • An estimated 606,520 people in the US will die from cancer this year.
  • Pancreas, liver and lung cancers have the lowest 5-year survival rates (9-19%).