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Cancer death rates declining, CDC says

Posted at 4:33 PM, Mar 12, 2016

In its annual status report on cancer in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that its research has found Americans are less likely to die from cancer.

Through the CDC’s study, it found that the death rate for cancer fell by 1.5 percent from 2003 through 2012. The CDC also found that male incidences of cancer decreased and remained steady for women.

The CDC said that culprits for the lower cancer death rates are improvements to early detection and prevention. The CDC points out that decreased tobacco use has help decrease lung cancer rates, although lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.

One concern the CDC had with its study was a marked increase in liver cancer. Liver cancer instances have seen a sharp increase from 2008 through 2012. In that time, the liver cancer rate jumped 2.3 percent.

Hepatitis B and hepatitis C  along with diabetes and alcohol consumption bring greater risk factors for liver cancer.

“The latest data show many cancer prevention programs are working and saving lives,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH. “But the growing burden of liver cancer is troublesome. We need to do more work promoting hepatitis testing, treatment, and vaccination.”

Justin Boggs is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @jjboggs or on Facebook.