According to a report from the American Cancer Society, cancer deaths have continued to decline for the straight 26 years and 2016-2017 shows the largest ever single-year drop.
The report also mentioned a huge decline in lung cancer, which is the leading cause for cancer deaths.
“What is really driving that is the acceleration in the decline of mortality for lung cancer, and the reason that is encouraging is because lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, causing more deaths in the US than breast, colorectal cancer and prostate cancers combined,” said Rebecca Siegel
Rebecca Siegel is the scientific director of surveillance research at the American Cancer Society and the lead author of the report.
“That’s really important and reflects improvements in the treatment of lung cancer across the continuum from improvements in staging to advances in surgical techniques, improvements in radiotherapy, all of these things coming together,” – she added.
She also said that the researchers were happy to see a good progress and continuous decline in cancer deaths.
“We were very encouraged to see that not only is the decline continuing for cancer mortality but we saw the biggest single-year drop ever from 2016 to 2017.”
She also mentioned that the 2017 – 2018 report maybe look more promising and looking forward to it.