Cancer death rates continue drop: report

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. cancer death rates are continuing to fall, but not all segments of the population are benefiting, the American Cancer Society said Friday.

Overall, the group predicts 1,596,670 new cancer cases in the United States and 571,950 deaths in 2011.

Death rates for all cancer types fell by 1.9 percent a year from 2001 to 2007 in men and by 1.5 percent a year in women from 2002 through 2007.

Steady overall declines in cancer death rates have meant about 898,000 who would have died prematurely from cancer in the past 17 years did not, the organization said.

Americans with the least education are more than twice as likely to die from cancer as those with the most education, according to the group's annual cancer report.

Death rates for all cancer types have fallen in all racial and ethnic groups among both men and women since 1998 with the exception of American Indian/Alaska Native women, among whom rates were stable.

Black and Hispanic men have had the largest annual decreases in cancer death rates since 1998, falling by 2.6 percent among blacks and 2.5 percent among Hispanics.

New cases of lung cancer among women fell after rising steadily since the 1930s. The decline comes more than a decade after lung cancer rates in men started dropping and reflects differences in smoking trends among U.S. men and women, who took up smoking later in the last century than men.

Lung cancer is expected to account for 26 percent of all cancer deaths among women in 2011 and remains the No. 1 cancer killer of both men and women in the United States.

Breast cancer comes in No. 2 for women. Prostate cancer is the second most common killer of men, and colon cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer deaths for both sexes.

These four cancers account for almost half the total cancer deaths among men and women.

Cancer rates vary considerably among racial and ethnic groups. For all cancer types, black men have a 14 percent higher rate of new cases and a 33 percent higher death rate than white men, while black women have a 6 percent lower rate of new cancer cases and a 17 percent higher death rate than white women.

The report found cancer rates in the least educated were 2.6 times higher than in the most educated. This was most pronounced in lung cancer, reflecting higher smoking rates among those with less education.

Thirty-one percent of men with 12 or fewer years of education are smokers, compared with 12 percent of college graduates and 5 percent of men with advanced degrees.

(Editing by Todd Eastham)

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bwilly321 wrote:
Not sure why the author is relating survival rates to education instead of income, maybe she is leaving that to us. It is obvious to the average person that those with a higher education most likely have higher incomes and better health insurance.

Jun 17, 2011 10:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Terry5003 wrote:
I believe that Dr. Otto Warburg was right about Cancer and acidosis. Dr. Warburg believed that acidosis could also lead to Cancer. Acidosis caused a lack of oxygen in the cell also. Reversing the acidosis by increasing the oxygen in the cell could stop the Cancer.
I had Prostate Cancer and used rectal insufflation with ozone. Ozone or 03 is a highly reactive form of oxygen. It floods the body with oxygen. This alone can stop many Cancers. It stopped my prostate cancer. This was determined by before and after biopsy of the prostate gland.
But thanks to the FDA and the medical boards in many states ozone is illegal to use with the potential of going to jail.
At last count there were 6 states that have allowed ozone therapy to be used. By the way ozone kills most bacteria and virus pathogens including HIV. This could probably replace many of the drugs that do not work now.
I encourage anyone with Cancer, HIV or any bacterial infection to investigate ozone therapy.
Ozone is used in Europe for water purification. In the City of Los Angeles ozone is used to purify some of the water. The FDA did not want them to but they did it anyway.
Thank you,
Terry

Jun 17, 2011 11:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jrj90620 wrote:
Health insurance is not going to keep you from getting cancer.Most likely, highly educated people are generally more intelligent and less likely to smoke or engage in risky behavior compared to less intelligent people.They are also likely to have white collar jobs with less exposure to cancer causing substances.

Jun 17, 2011 11:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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