U.S. cancer rate declines for the first time

November 26, 2008 at 12:40 pm | Posted in health, oncology | Leave a comment
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Government figures indicate that major progress is being made in prevention. But researchers warn that there are still some clouds on the horizon.
By Thomas H. Maugh II
3:00 PM PST, November 25, 2008

For the first time since the government began compiling records, the rate of cancer has begun to decline, marking a tipping point in the fight against the second-leading cause of death among Americans.

Researchers already knew that the number of cancer deaths was declining as the result of better treatment, but the drop in incidence indicates that major progress is also being made in prevention.

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