Fewer Deaths from Leading Causes
The number of fatalities caused by heart disease, cancer, stroke, unintentional injuries and diabetes - the five leading causes of death in the US - has fallen, according to a report published in JAMA.
QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates from Cancer, by U.S. Census Region and Year — United States, 1970–2013
The age-adjusted cancer death rates increased significantly from 1970 to 1990 in each census region in the United States. The rate increased an average of 0.16% per year in the Northeast, 0.38% in the Midwest, 0.71% in the South, and 0.27% in the West. Since 1990, the rates have decreased at an ever faster rate, down on average by 1.41% in the Northeast, 1.02% in the Midwest, 1.15% in the South, and 1.30% in the West each year.
Invasive Cancer Incidence and Survival — United States, 2011
Because of improvements in early detection and treatment of cancer, the proportion of persons with cancer who survive ≥5 years after diagnosis has increased.
Doctors Predict Revolution Coming in Breast Cancer Care
A breast cancer diagnosis once loomed as a likely death sentence, a traumatizing battle fraught with chemotherapy, radiation or radical surgery, even in a best-case scenario.
Today doctors predict new treatments will revolutionize care during the next decade, knocking mortality rates to dramatic lows with genetic tests and personalized medicine.