Death rates decreasing for colorectal cancer overall; Liver cancer on the rise

A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute claims cancer death rates from 2010 to 2014 are decreasing, but some cancer subtypes remain deadly.

The American Cancer Society, CDC, National Cancer Institute and North American Association of Central Cancer Registries collaborated to provide an update on cancer occurrence and trends throughout the United States.

Researchers used CDC and NCI funded population-based cancer registry programs. The NAACCR compiled the data.

Here's what they found.

1. Overall cancer death rates decreased by 1.8 percent from 2010 to 2014 in men, 1.4 percent in women and 1.6 percent in children.

2. Eleven of the 16 most common cancer types in men and 13 of the 18 most common cancer types in women decreased. Colorectal, lung, female breast and prostate cancer death rates all decreased.

3. Death rates increased for liver (men and women), pancreas (men,) brain (men) and uterine cancers.

4. Incidence rates decreased by 2.3 percent from 2009 to 2013 in men, but stabilized in women.

Researchers concluded, "Cancer death rates continue to decrease in the United States. However, progress in reducing death rates and improving survival is limited for several cancer types, underscoring the need for intensified efforts to discover new strategies for prevention, early detection, and treatment and to apply proven preventive measures broadly and equitably."

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