Annual Report Shows a Decline in Cancer Death Rates, 1975-2014

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April 17, 2017

The latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer from 1975-2014 was released early online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Overall, cancer death rates declined in men, women, and children for all major race and ethnic groups. However, death rates for cancers of the liver, pancreas, and brain increased in men.

"While trends in death rates are the most commonly used measure to assess progress against cancer, survival trends are also an important measure to evaluate progress in improvement of cancer outcomes," said Ahmedin Jemal, DVM, PhD, lead author of the study.

The five-year survival rates for most cancers seemed to improve. However, cancers with the lowest 5-year survival rates were pancreas (8.5%), liver (18.1%), lung (18.7%), esophagus (20.5%), stomach (31.1%), and brain (35%).

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