Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, just behind heart disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 591,699 people died of cancer in 2014. However, this rate of cancer death has dropped by 25% since 1991. This drop is credited to a reduction in smoking as well as advances in medical treatments and early detection. The same report has also shown that there are disparities in these incidences based on cancer type, gender, and race.
Though this is a dramatic reduction, many of the cancer death decreases have been shown more in lung, breast, prostate, and colorectal, than within the brain. Also, this report does not touch on the quality of life for those survivors, so it is still important to focus on cancer diagnosis, treatment and research to improve health outcomes.
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