25
Jan

U.S. Cancer Deaths Decline Over Three Decades

But clusters of high death rates remain in some pockets of the country, study finds

While cancer death rates have dropped 20 percent overall in the United States since 1980, high death rates persist in pockets throughout the country, a new report finds.

“Death rates differ dramatically between different types of cancers, and certain regions saw great progress in reducing cancer deaths and others fell behind,” said lead researcher Dr. Christopher Murray.

In all, 160 counties showed increases in cancer death rates between 1980 and 2014, noted Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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