Fewer Americans are getting cancer, and death rates from the disease are continuing to fall, according to a report in the Dec. 7 issue of the journal Cancer.
The report, which relied on data from a study by the National Cancer Institute, said new diagnoses for all types of cancer have fallen an average of 1% per year since 1999. Meanwhile, cancer deaths fell 1.6% a year from 2001 to 2006.
The greatest drop in mortality rates was among men, at 2% a year over the five-year period. Womens cancer mortality rates fell by 1.5% a year in the same time frame.