According to the latest report on cancer, the United States has seen death rates for more than half of the most common cancers drop between 2014 and 2018, thanks to improved preventive measures and treatments.
“It’s important that people have timely access to quality treatment. Not just any treatment, but something that evidence shows is effective,” says Farhad Islami, the lead author of the report and a scientific director at the American Cancer Society.
The annual report released by the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other collaborators found that the death rate dropped for 11 of the 19 most common cancers among men, and for 14 of the 20 most frequent cancers among women. Preventive measures are of the utmost importance: lung cancer has seen a decline, due in part to the drop in smoking rate, and thanks to regular colonoscopies, the death rate from colorectal cancer have slowed down.