Posted by: audreybenenati | December 15, 2009

Steady drop in cancer deaths gives experts hope

Less smoking, earlier detection, and improved treatments are credited for gains against lung, colon, prostate, and breast cancer


By Catherine Arnst

The latest federal cancer numbers, released on Dec. 7, show a modest but steady decline in the U.S. over six years for both deaths from the disease and new diagnoses. The improvement is driven largely by declines in the big four cancer killers—lung, colon, prostate, and breast. Specialists attributed the declines to a reduction in the smoking rate, better and earlier detection, and improved treatments, particularly those that can be matched to a patient’s specific tumor type.

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