US cancer death rate fell record amount from 2017 to 2018

The American Cancer Society reports the U.S. death rate from cancer dropped by 2.4% between 2017 and 2018, marking the second consecutive year with a record decline in the cancer mortality rate. The death rate dropped 2.2% from 2016 to 2017.

The American Cancer Society reports the U.S. death rate from cancer dropped by 2.4% between 2017 and 2018, marking the second consecutive year with a record decline in the cancer mortality rate. The death rate dropped 2.2% from 2016 to 2017. According to the new report, the latest decline is due in part to an improvement in lung cancer treatment. The report also noted a total decline in the cancer rate of 31% from 1991 through 2018. "An estimated 3.2 million cancer deaths have been averted from 1991 through 2018 due to reductions in smoking, earlier detection, and improvements in treatment," the report said. There is concern, however, that rates will be affected in 2020 due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. "We anticipate that disruptions in access to cancer care in 2020 will lead to downstream increases in advanced stage diagnoses that may impede progress in reducing cancer mortality rates in the years to come," said Rebecca Siegel, the lead author of the report. The American Cancer Society estimated that 1.9 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed this year, and more than 608,000 Americans will die from cancer in 2021.