US Death Rate Declines, but Trouble Spots Remain

The US cancer death rate has declined for 25 years—dropping 27% between 1991 and 2016—thanks to early detection and more people passing on smoking, an American Cancer Society report released yesterday shows.
But the report reveals some trouble spots too. Obesity-related cancer deaths are rising, and prostate cancer deaths have stopped falling in the past few years—prompting questions over a 2011 decision to stop recommending routine blood testing of men.
And, while the racial cancer death rate gap has declined, the economic gap is swelling, especially when it comes to preventable deaths.


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