U.S. Cancer Death Rate Drops by Largest Amount on Record

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U.S. Cancer Death Rate Drops by Largest Amount on Record
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Tag This: According to the WSJ’s Brianna Abbott “The cancer death rate in the U.S. dropped 2.2% from 2016 to 2017, the largest single-year drop ever recorded, according to the latest report from the American Cancer Society, continuing a longstanding decline that began a quarter-century ago. Major Driver: “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.”

  • Related One: “Elizabeth Wurtzel, whose startling 1994 memoir, ‘Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America,’ won praise for opening a dialogue about clinical depression and helped introduce an unsparing style of confessional writing that remains influential, died on Tuesday in Manhattan” according to The New York Times. She was 52. The writer David Samuels, a friend since childhood, said the cause was metastatic breast cancer.”
  • Related Two: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg confirmed that she is “cancer-free” after beating the disease for the fourth time. She underwent treatment for pancreatic cancer last summer.

Infographic: Cancer Mortality Rates are Falling | Statista