ancer-related deaths in the United States are dropping — and have been for the past two decades — according to this year's annual report by the American Cancer Society. And some of the largest reductions came in cases involving the biggest killers, including breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancers. The decline came thanks mostly to early detection by increasingly sophisticated screening methods, and advances in treatment. Here's a look at the "changing picture" of the disease, by the numbers:
Cancer-related deaths prevented since the early '90s
Percentage that the cancer death rate has declined annually for men
Percentage that the cancer death rate has declined annually for women
Percentage that the cancer death rate fell overall for men since the early '90s
Percentage that the cancer death rate fell overall for women since the early '90s
2.6 and 2.5
The percentages the cancer rates have fallen annually since 1998 for black and Hispanic men, the demographic groups that experienced the largest drops
Percentage decrease since the early '90s, for men, in deaths related to lung cancer, the United States' number one cancer killer
Percentage decrease since the early '90s in breast-cancer-related deaths for women
The proportion of cancer incidents caused by tobacco use
The proprotion of cancer incidents related to "being overweight, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition"
New cancer cases expected in the U.S. this year
Estimated number of people who will die from the disease this year
Total cost of cancer treatments in the U.S. in 1987
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