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Thursday, September 7th 2006

Inching In The Right Direction With Cancer

Cancer deaths on the whole are on the decline, and the figures for breast cancer are leveling off. This according to a report published in the journal, Cancer.

The Los Angeles Times covers it like this,

The death rate from most forms of cancer has continued a decline begun in the early 1990s, driven in large part by decreases in lung cancer in men, according to an annual national cancer report released Wednesday.

Between 1993 and 2003, deaths in the U.S. from cancer dropped about 16% in men and 8% in women, the study found. Deaths from lung cancer declined about 15% in men.

“Basically, we haven’t wiped out cancer, but it shows in the last decade … we’re slowly moving in the right direction,” said Dr. Robert McKenna Jr., a thoracic surgical oncologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center who was not affiliated with the study.

The report analyzed data on all deaths from cancer in the United States from 1975 to 2003.

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