Steep­est de­cline in US can­cer mor­tal­i­ty ever record­ed, study finds

De­clin­ing smok­ing rates, rapid di­ag­no­sis, and new­er treat­ments are thaw­ing mor­tal­i­ty rates for can­cer, which on­ly lags be­hind heart dis­ease as the biggest killer in the Unit­ed States — re­searchers sug­gest­ed in a new study on Wednes­day.

The largest-ever one-year de­cline in the US can­cer death rate — dri­ven pri­mar­i­ly by di­min­ish­ing lung can­cer mor­tal­i­ty — was a 2.2% drop from 2016 to 2017, ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety (ACS) re­port, which cal­cu­lat­ed an over­all drop of 29% in US can­cer rates from 1991 to 2017.

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