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Annual report to the nation finds cancer death rate decline doubling
Date:10/14/2007

rol and Prevention (CDC) Director, Julie L. Gerberding, M.D. As a nation, we must commit to continuing and enhancing these important public health efforts.

The evidence is unmistakable: we are truly turning the tide in the cancer battle, said John R. Seffrin, Ph.D., chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society (ACS). The gains could be even greater if everyone in the U.S. had access to essential healthcare, including primary care and prevention services.

Overall cancer incidence rates (the rates at which new cancers are diagnosed) for both sexes and all races combined declined slightly from 1992 through 2004. Incidence rates for female breast cancer dropped substantially from 2001 through 2004. This drop is possibly related to declining use of hormone replacement therapy as well as the recently reported decline in use of screening mammography. Also, lung cancer incidence rates in women stabilized from 1998 through 2004 after long term increases, and in men the rate declined 1.8 percent per year from the period 1991 through 2004. Colorectal cancer incidence rates decreased by more than 2.0 percent per year for men and women, likely due to prevention through the removal of precancerous polyps.

In the Special Feature section of the Report, the authors found that while the top three cancers for men and for women are the same for AI/AN and NHW populations, there are important differences by region and type of cancer, including:

  • For all cancers combined, AI/AN incidence rates were lower in the Southwest and higher in the Plains and Alaska

  • Lung and colorectal cancer incidence rates were highest in the Northern Plains and Alaska and were significantly elevated in comparison with NHW rates

  • The incidence rates for cancers of the kidney, stomach, liver, cervix and gallbladder were higher in AI/AN than in NHW populations in all regions combined

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