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    Cancer Claims 20% Fewer Lives Than It Did 20 Years Ago

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

    On average, 20 percent fewer people die from cancer as did 20 years ago.

    On average, 20 percent fewer people die from cancer in the US as did 20 years ago.

    However, those statistics are greater amongst some groups, while lower in others.

    Overall, the decline has been attributed to a decrease in smoking, earlier detection measures, and a better means of prevention.

    Lung cancer, which still claims the most lives, has experienced a 34 percent drop in resulting deaths the last couple of decades.

    The people who have experienced the biggest plunge in terminal cases are middle aged black men, who now succumb to cancer at only half the rate they used to.

    On the other end of the spectrum are elderly white women, who have not seen much of any decline in cancer-related deaths in the past 20 years.

    Cancers with the highest mortality rates after lung cancer, are prostate, breast, and colon cancers.

    The Cancer Statistics 2014 report was compiled by the American Cancer Society using data supplied by the CDC, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Center for Health Statistics.

    Said the CEO of the American Cancer Society, “The progress we are seeing is good, even remarkable, but we can and must do even better."