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US cancer mortality continues to fall

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h21 (Published 05 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h21
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Cancer mortality continues to decline in the United States, with the overall risk of dying from cancer falling by 22% over the two decades from its peak in 1991 of 215.1 deaths per 100 000 population to 168.7 in 2011, the most recent year for which complete data were available, the American Cancer Society has reported.1

The decline translates into more than 1.5 million fewer deaths from cancer than would have been seen during those two decades had the 1991 peak rate persisted.

For the first part of the 20th century US cancer death rates were driven higher by the rapid increase in deaths from lung cancer among men as the result …

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