But it killed 45 percent fewer men between 1990 and 2015, and 19 percent fewer women between 2002 and 2015.
Cancer deaths have fallen yet again, thanks mostly to huge declines in smoking, the American Cancer Society said Thursday. Also prostate cancer is down 52 percent from 1993 to 2015 and colorectal has declined 52 percent from 1970 to 2015. From 2014 to 2015, of the 10 leading causes of death, only cancer declined.
Because incidence and mortality statistics have a lag of 2 to 4 years, the researchers modeled data to project the contemporary cancer burden, estimating 1,735,350 new cancer cases and 609,640 cancer deaths in the United States in 2018.
"The overall decline is driven by decreasing death rates for the four major cancer sites", the group said.
Cancer death rates in the United States continued to fall between 2014 and 2015, extending a 24 year decline, according to the latest figures from the American Cancer Society.
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Among cancer patients and survivors who used paid leave, 80 percent said it helped with finishing treatment, 70 percent said they coped better with symptoms and side effects and 64 percent reported being able to afford treatments, according to an ACS CAN release. Female breast cancer is 39 percent lower from 1989 to 2015.
Among men, prostate, lung, and colorectal cancers account for 42 percent of cases.
"Black women get breast cancer, on average, five to seven years younger than white women, so our cancers are detected later, and when they're more advanced", Goler Blount said.
With the variation in cancer death rate, the lifetime probability is still higher in men than women. Cancer mortality was lower for blacks than whites in MA among all ages and in NY among those 65 and older, but higher in the District of Columbia, Wisconsin, Kansas, Louisiana, Illinois, and California.
Among Americans more youthful than 65, the death rate was just about a third higher among blacks than whites - with considerably bigger variations in many states. Breast cancer alone represents 30 percent of all new cancer diagnoses in women.
In 13 states, the death rates were not statistically significantly different between whites and blacks.