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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

cancer deaths drop for second year

sweet, sweet news via the american cancer society, reported by cnn...

ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- Cancer deaths in the United States have dropped for a second straight year, confirming that a corner has been turned in the war on cancer.

After a decline of 369 deaths from 2002 to 2003, the decrease from 2003 to 2004 was 3,014 -- or more than eight times greater, according to a review of U.S. death certificates by the American Cancer Society.

The drop from 2002 to 2003 was the first annual decrease in total cancer deaths since 1930. But the decline was slight, and experts were hesitant to say whether it was a cause for celebration or just a statistical fluke.

The trend seems to be real, Cancer Society officials said.

"It's not only continuing. The decrease in the second year is much larger," said Ahmedin Jemal, a researcher at the organization.

Cancer deaths dropped to 553,888 in 2004, down from 556,902 in 2003 and 557,271 in 2002, the Cancer Society found.

read more here
and here, from the american cancer society
and here, in the 2007 cancer facts and figures

(and thank you michael p, liz and michael m for passing this along to me!)

1 comment:

andrea said...

now thats good news, sometimes the news is so depressing! be proud Shelley cause your doing your part!

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