January 14, 2021

Cancer Death Rates Continue to Decline in the United States, ACS Reports

In a new year wrought with challenges and unexpected unrest, it’s helpful to take a step back  and appreciate the incredible progress being made in healthcare and clinical research.

According to 2021 data compiled in CA: A Cancel Journal for Clinicians, the death rate from cancer in the U.S. dropped 2.4% from 2017 to 2018, the biggest single-year decline on record and a sign of the impact of new treatments on lung cancer especially, the American Cancer Society said.

It was the second year in a row with a record-setting drop, and the progress continues gains that have been made for more than a quarter-century, the cancer society said in a report published Tuesday. The researchers analyzed cancer mortality data from 1930 to 2018, before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The drop is largely driven by progress against lung cancer, though the most rapid declines in the report occurred in melanoma. Advances in treatment are helping improve survival rates in the two cancers, experts say.

Each year, the American Cancer Society estimates the numbers of new cancer cases and deaths in the United States and compiles the most recent data on population‐based cancer occurrence.

To read the full report, go here.