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.  

The world can learn from Moldova’s tobacco tax, says World Bank’s Patricio V. Marquez. 30% of Moldovan men smoke and the workforce suffered in recent years from premature mortality rates tied to noncommunicable diseases—to which tobacco is a major contributor.

Just 66% of Indian breast cancer patients live 5 years after diagnosis, compared to 90% in many Western nations. Many Indian doctors blame a scourge of late-stage diagnosis that spans the economic and educational spectrum.

In recent years, headline-grabbing research has highlighted mortality increases among less-educated, non-Hispanic whites driven by suicide, cirrhosis of the liver, and fatal opioid-related overdoses. These “deaths of despair” findings resonated in the press, but this trend…

CDC stats are trusted, accessible and endlessly cited. But recent CDC data showing an alarming 37% spike in nonfatal gunshot injuries in 2015-2016 conflicts with other stats that reveal an overall decrease in American firearm harm.

“In a lot of Indigenous languages, there’s no word for cancer,” says Aboriginal patient navigator Leonard Benoit—a nurse-cum-advocate for First Nations patients with the Toronto Central Regional Cancer Program. In this role, he helps translate and clarify diagnosis and…

Nearly 10 million people will die of cancer—the world’s fastest growing killer—this year, according to new incidence and mortality estimates released by the UN International Agency for Research on Cancer.   Insights include:

27 million lives have been saved by the efforts of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, according to the organization’s progress report launched today. Despite the progress, the report highlights considerable challenges. We face a slowing decline in HIV…

The fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s brought a new social and economic reality and with it, ebbs and flows in life expectancy and mortality rates. 2006-2016 was a decade marked by reductions in mortality and improved life expectancy, which has now returned to the…