Sep 21, 2022
By Jane Brown
A new report finds fewer Americans are dying year over year from cancer.
With the rapid advent of anti-cancer therapeutics and other drugs to treat cancer, the American Association for Cancer Research reports cancer-related deaths decreased from 2016 to 2019.
Deaths went down 2.3-percent every year among those years. Advances in treatment are believed to be the reason why.
The Association’s annual cancer report finds over 18-million people with a history of cancer and living in the U.S.
Still though, it’s estimated that over 600,000 American lives will be lost to cancer this year.
Here in Canada, cancer incidence has declined annually since 2011, down 1.5 percent for men and 1.2 percent for women.
Cancer mortality is also decreasing over time in Canada.
Since the cancer mortality rate peaked in 1988, it has decreased 37 percent in men and 22 percent in women between 1988 and 2021.