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A new report from leading health and cancer organizations shows
national cancer rates continue to decline. Rates of new cases and deaths
from all cancers decreased significantly from 1999 to 2006 for men and
women and for most racial and ethnic populations in the United States.
The report is published online in the journal Cancer.
The findings show new diagnoses for all types of cancer were down
almost one percent and cancer deaths decreased 1.6 percent per year from
2001 to 2006.
The cancers reporting the largest declines for men are lung,
prostate, and colorectal. In women, the drops are in breast and
The report is by researchers from the National Cancer Institute, part
of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, the American Cancer Society, and the North American
Association of Central Cancer Registries.
Dana-Farber president Edward J. Benz Jr, MD, comments on the latest
report from the NCI that notes significant declines in cancer rates.