The risk of dying from cancer has continued to decline for nearly two decades, meaning in 2019 Around 3.5 million deaths from this disease would have been avoided in the United States, airing this Wednesday new annual report from American Cancer Society.
The 32% reduction in cancer deaths since 1991 was largely supported by: people who have quit smoking, what has been translated into reduction in lung cancer cases or others associated with it, detailing this organization.
That New therapies to treat colorectal cancer and breast cancer have also helped Fewer people suffering from the disease died, the report added.
In 2019 — the year the report provides its most recent figures — there were 146 cancer deaths per 100,000 people. In 1991, that peak year, there were 215 deaths per 100,000 people, according to the report.
“Advances against cancer have accelerated in the last decade due to advances in early detection, surgical techniques and targeted therapies (…) Some of the recent treatments have been particularly remarkable because they have successfully treated difficult cancers, such as metastatic melanoma and lung cancer. lungs. ,” said the association.
Despite the progress made, the organization said The higher incidence of breast cancer and the advanced stage at which cases of prostate cancer are detected are of concern.
And say that considers the persistent racial and socioeconomic disparities even more “worrying” which makes minorities such as Hispanics less access to cancer-preventing treatments, such as receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
Deaths to be caused by cancer by 2022
For this year, the organization estimates that 609,360 people will die of cancer in the United States, at a rate of 1,700 deaths per day.
Incidence will be higher due to lung, prostate and colorectal cancer in men; and lung, breast and colorectal in women, according to the report.
Although there has been a sharp decline in deaths from lung cancer, this type of cancer will cause the most deaths this year.
“More than 350 people will die each day (by 2022) from lung cancer, representing more deaths than prostate, breast and pancreatic cancers combined,” the association said.
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