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Cancer Death Rates Are Declining, But We Still Have A Long Way To Go

Cancer death rates are steadily dropping, according to an American Cancer Society report.

By Samantha Crook | January 7, 2016

Cancer death rates dropped 23 percent since 1991.

The American Cancer Society says that means 1.7 million cancer deaths have been averted through 2012. (Video via American Cancer Society)

The decrease in cancer fatalities has been a little more dramatic for men than women.

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Death from female breast cancer has declined 36 percent since 1989.

And death from prostate cancer has dropped 50 percent since its peak. (Video via American Cancer Society)

Lung cancer death rates have declined, too — 38 percent for males (between 1990 and 2012) and 13 percent for females (between 2002 and 2012). (Video via Truth)

The American Cancer Society says better cancer prevention, earlier detection and decreased tobacco use are the reasons for fewer deaths. (Video via American Cancer Society)

In 2016, the American Cancer Society expects nearly 1.7 million new cancer cases and 600,000 cancer-related deaths. (Video via American Cancer Society)

This video includes images from Getty Images and music by Chris Zabriskie / CC BY 4.0.

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