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Cancer Deaths Declining Worldwide

By    |   Wednesday, 29 April 2015 04:08 PM

We may not be winning the war on cancer, but a new analysis shows the death rate from the disease is declining worldwide.

The study, conducted by investigators with Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, tracked death certificates in 60 countries between 2000 and 2010 and found the total number of cancer deaths increased over that decade as the population grew.

But the results also showed the rate of cancer deaths — that is, the number of deaths per 100,000 people — declined by 1 percent each year during the decade, the study found.

The researchers, who presented their findings at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Philadelphia this week, attributed the positive trend to people living longer with the disease, in part because of improvements in diagnosis and treatment for many cancers, and reduced smoking worldwide, Live Science reports.

In particular, deaths declined from stomach cancer, lung cancer among men, and breast and prostate cancer, according to the study.

Lead researcher Dana Hashim, a postdoctoral fellow in preventive medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, noted not all the trends were positive.

The death rate from lung cancer increased among women in most countries, likely because women in these countries are now adapting the smoking habits that were formerly seen among men.

In addition, the researchers found an increase in the rate of breast cancer deaths among women in less-developed countries and the rate of death from prostate cancer remained unchanged in less-developed countries.

"It seems like the burden [of cancer] is switching" to low- and middle-income countries, Hashim said.

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