publication date: May. 13, 2016

ACS Report Assesses Progress in 25-Year Goal Against Mortality 


The American Cancer Society published a report assessing the progress made in its 25-year goal to reduce cancer death rates by 50 percent. The report finds areas where progress was substantial, and others where it was not.

The report, appearing in the ACS journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, said the best improvements were seen in cancers for which prevention, early detection, and treatment tools are available, including cancers of the lung, colon, breast, and prostate.

In 1996, the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society set a goal to reduce what looked to be peak cancer mortality in 1990 by 50 percent by the year 2015. The current analysis, led by Tim Byers of the University of Colorado, examined trends in cancer mortality across the 25-year challenge period. The rates for 2015 were estimated as a linear extrapolation of the trends from 2010 to 2014.

The report found:

• In 2015, the overall cancer death rate was 26 percent lower than in 1990—32 percent lower among men and 22 percent lower among women.

• Among men, mortality rates dropped for lung cancer by 45 percent, for colorectal cancer by 47 percent, and for prostate cancer by 53 percent.

• Among women, mortality rates dropped for lung cancer by 8 percent, for colorectal cancer by 44 percent, and for breast cancer by 39 percent.

• Declines in the death rates of all … Continue reading 42-19 ACS Report Assesses Progress in 25-Year Goal Against Mortality

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