-Dr. Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC
There has been a steady decline in Cancer death rates since 1990 according to a new study. This trend is great due to reductions in toabacco use, better Cancer screening technology, and improvement in treatments for certain cancers. These trends provide the best examples that the war on Cancer is improving. Early detection and treatment has helped with the decline tremendously.
New studies show that for all cancers combined, death rates in men increased from 1970 to 1990 but then decreased in 2006. There has been a 58.7% decline in all cancers in males from 1990 to 2006. Specific cancers include lung and bronchus, prostate, stomach, oral cavity, etc. These long term studies is what helps researchers have better understanding of Cancer. At the same time, during the years of 1970 to 1990, Cancer in women also increased and then decreased in 2006.
Researchers are still stressing that continued and increased investment into cancer prevention will yield a even higher decline in Cancer death.