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National cancer rates saw huge drop in last quarter century, but less so for people who are poor or of color

FSPH's Roshan Bastani, professor of health policy and management and director for disparities and community engagement at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Beth Glenn, associate professor of health policy and management and associate director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity, were quoted in a California Health Report article about a 25-year decline in cancer rates.  

Friday, January 18, 2019

Last week saw some good news about cancer from the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) annual checkup report—a 25-year decline in cancer rates and a 27 percent drop in the overall cancer death rates in the United States.

That’s approximately 2.6 million fewer cancer deaths between 1991 and 2016. Early detection and optimal treatment get credit from the ACS, along with reductions in smoking rates, for declines in lung, breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers.

“The decline in cancer mortality over the past two decades is primarily the result of steady reductions in smoking and advances in early detection and treatment, which are reflected in the declines for the four major cancers,” said Rebecca Siegel, Scientific  Director, Surveillance Research for the American Cancer Society, and the lead author of the study.

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