Report finds drop in U.S. cancer incidence, death rates

03/31/2011 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Federal researchers reported that overall cancer rates in the U.S. fell almost 1% annually, while cancer death rates dropped about 1.6% annually from 2003 to 2007, noting that lung cancer deaths in women decreased for the first time in 40 years. But there was also an increase in the incidence and death rate for some cancer types, including liver cancer among men and pancreatic cancer among women, the study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found.

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