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US deaths from cancer continue to fall

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 10 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1775
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

The overall rates of death from cancer in the United States have continued to fall while survival with most cancers has improved, a report has found.

The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2014 showed a decline in mortality among men, women and children.1 Published online on 31 March in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, it also found that death rates fell among all major racial and ethnic groups, although disparities persist.

The authors said that the decline in death rates reflected improvements in prevention, including a reduction in tobacco use, early detection—particularly of colorectal, breast, and cervical cancer—and better treatments.

The report is …

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