Report to the Nation shows U.S. cancer death rates continue to drop

Report to the Nation shows U.S. cancer death rates continue to drop

On Monday afternoon, the National Cancer Institute released its Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, the most comprehensive and detailed report of its kind with regard to cancer trends.

This year's report shows that "overall cancer death rates continued to decline in the United States among both men and women, among all major racial and ethnic groups, and for all of the most common cancer sites, including lung, colon and rectum, female breast, and prostate." On the rise? Melanoma of the skin (among men only) and for cancers of the liver, pancreas, and uterus.

The report, produced since 1998, is co-authored by researchers from the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR). It appears online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Read more about the NCI's report at the Act Against Cancer blog. which also includes a PDF version of the full report, as well as a lengthy Q&A discussing the report's methodology.

-Jan. 10, 2013