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Cancer death rates in the U.S. have dropped 20 percent in the past two decades, thanks largely to less smoking, increased prevention and better detection, a new report finds.
The rates have fallen dramatically in some areas â€” plunging 50 percent for middle-aged black men, for instance â€” while barely budging for elderly white women. And disease experts say there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
â€œContained within this data are areas of remarkable progress and areas that remain frustrating,â€ said Dr. Clifford A. Hudis, president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and a chief expert in breast cancer at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
An estimated 1.7 million new cancer cases are projected for 2014, including some 586,000 deaths, according to the new report from the American Cancer Society. And cancer remains the second-most common cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease.