New Report: Cancer death rate declines in U.S. for 26th straight year

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A report published this month by the American Cancer Society reveals a promising trend in the fight against cancer.

The study shows that the rate of people dying from various forms of cancer in the U.S. has dropped for 26 straight years (1991 to 2017) – by an overall total of 29 percent. This includes the largest single-year drop in cancer death rate ever recorded – a decline of 2.2 percent — for the most recent year tracked, 2017.

This translates to about 2.9 million fewer cancer deaths total than would have been expected if death rates had stayed at their peak from 1991.

Dr. Thomas Buchholz, medical director of the Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center and a Scripps Clinic physician joined Good Morning San Diego to talk about the report and what it means for us in San Diego.

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