Report says that lung cancer deaths amongst US women decrease

April 1st, 2011 - 9:54 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, April 1 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new cancer report has shown that for the first time in 40 years, the cases of lung cancer in women fell in the United States. The report looked at the prevalence of cancer in Americans.

The positive news in the report is that cancer mortality is continually declining. The report which is compiled annually stated that new cancer cases between 2003 and 2007 dropped by one percent. Cancer deaths for the same period also fell by 1.6 percent. The report also stated that deaths caused by seven types of cancers dropped. New cases of childhood cancer increased by 0.5 percent but mortality rate went down.

Lung cancer is a major issue because it is the leading cancer killer globally. Getting the rate of lung cancer in women down has pleased scientists.

A co-author of the report and a member of the American Cancer Institute, Elizabeth Ward believe that the trend would continue. In an interview with the Associated Press, she said that, “It looks like we’ve turned the corner… We think this downward trend is real, and we think it will continue.”

Lung cancer is expected to kill about 159,000 people this year. 70,500 women are expected to die in the period.

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