Cancer Statistics, 2020

Cancer Statistics, 2020

According to an annual report from the American Cancer Society, the death rate from cancer in the United States fell 29 percent between 1991 and 2017, including a 2.2 percent drop from 2016 to 2017, the largest single-year drop ever recorded. Published in the journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, Cancer Statistics, 2020 found that the overall decline was due to falling death rates for the most common types of cancer — lung, colorectal, breast, and prostate — even though lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death and progress in reducing colorectal, breast, and prostate cancers has slowed. The report also noted that the steepest declines in cancer deaths occurred for melanoma skin cancer, due in part to immunotherapy drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2011. The report includes a special section on cancer in adolescents and young adults, who are more likely to be diagnosed at a late stage due to the rarity of cancer in those age groups, higher uninsured rates, and higher rates of aggressive disease.

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