Statistics show that deaths from cancers are dropping.

Death rates from cancer have been dropping by an average of 2.1 percent a year recently in the United States, a near doubling of decreases that began in 1993, researchers are reporting……
Much of the progress comes not from miracle cures, but from more mundane improvements in prevention, early detection and treatment of some of the leading causes of cancer death — lung, colorectal, breast and prostate tumors. Years of nagging and pleading by health officials are finally beginning to pay off, experts say, in smoking cessation and increased use of mammograms, colonoscopies and other screening tests for colorectal and prostate cancer.

But the new statistics also contain bad news: American Indians and Alaska Natives in some regions are not benefiting from the same improvements as the rest of the population and have higher rates of preventable cancers and late-stage tumors that would have had a better prognosis had they been detected sooner.

To read the New York Times article click here.

To read the press release on the National Cancer Institute website with links for additional information click here.

To read the FAQ’s from National Cancer Institute  related to this report click here.

To read about a potential problem with these statistics click here.