Report: U.S. Cancer Death Rates Are Falling

Cancer death rates dropped another 1.7% in 2015, according to Cancer Statistics 2018, an annual report from the American Cancer Society. The last 25 years have boasted an overall decline of 26% fewer deaths from cancer, translating to what the organization estimates is about 2.4 million fewer deaths, driven by significant advances in detecting and treating lung, breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer. Another crucial aid in the falls was reduced smoking rates, according to The Washington Post. However promising the news, cancer remains the number-two killer of Americans, with men getting diagnosed at higher rates than women, and the mortality rate still significantly higher for African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics, for whom cancer is the leading cause of death.