Cancer deaths in the United States have fallen 33% since 1991, and researchers believe cancer prevention and screening have changed significantly in the last decade.
This reduction means 3.8 million cancer deaths have been averted, according to a new American Cancer Society report.
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“We are very pleased to see the significant reduction in cervical cancer incidence because this was the first group of women to receive the HPV vaccine, possibly foreseeing a sharp decline in other HPV-associated cancers.” Because they do.” Lead author of the report for the American Cancer Society and the Society’s press release.
According to the report, the steady decline in cancer mortality in the United States is due to a reduction in smoking, widespread screening for breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer, and increased use of treatments such as adjuvant chemotherapy for colon and breast cancer. due to improvement.
Adjuvant therapy is often used after primary treatment, such as surgery, to reduce the chance that the cancer will come back, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The report also notes that advances in the development of targeted therapies and immunotherapies are accelerating the rise in mortality from lung cancer.
While cancer deaths continue to trend downward, the report raises concerns about rising rates of breast, prostate and endometrial cancers.
Prostate cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States, increased 3% annually from 2014 to 2019 after a 20-year decline, according to a press release from the American Cancer Society.
“Most worryingly, this increase was driven by diagnoses of advanced disease. The proportion of men diagnosed with cancer has doubled.These findings underscore the importance of understanding and reducing this trend,” said the press release.