New Cancer Report Issued by the American Cancer Society

New Cancer Report Issued by the American Cancer Society

The number of people dying from cancer has been dropping.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has released a new report on cancer in the United States. The report indicates that as a nation will are making strides in fighting the good fight against cancer.

In particular, the number of people dying from cancer has been dropping. Since 1990, the overall mortality rates have dropped roughly 23 percent for men and 15 percent for women. What's more, the number of deaths have been decreasing for four of our nations most common cancers, which are breast, lung, prostate, and colon. Today, three out of four of these types of cancers have cancer screening methods in place that leads to promising earlier detection and treatment. Both of which help to reduce mortality rates.

That said, there are still some cancers that have been increasing in prevalance. These include throat, pancreas, kidney, esophageal, thyroid, melanoma, and liver cancers. The ACS provided information as to the cause of cancer as well. Over 25 of total cancer deaths can be attributed to tobacco use, while another one third are associated with poor diet, a sedentary lifestyle, and obesity.

The American Cancer Society also still recommends prostate screening on a regular basis for men over 50 years of age. Since prostate cancer screening has been implemented in the 1990s, there has been a decrease in prostate-cancer related deaths.

Overall, the American Cancer Society reports that approximately 12 million people in the United States have cancer.

The American Cancer Society strives to eliminate cancer, by not only providing support, but also through spreading awareness about cancer statistics, treatments, and prevention. The organization has over 900 offices spread throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.