Cancer Deaths in Men Decline for First Time
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Although white women develop breast cancer more frequently than women of
other racial or ethnic groups, black women are still most likely to die of the
disease. For women overall, the number who die of cancer continues to rise
slightly, primarily due to the consistent rise in deaths among women due to
lung cancer. Breast and colorectal cancer deaths among women are dropping.
Why the disparity between men and women? "The reason it's happening in
men first [the drop in death], we can speculate, is that men have shown the
improvement in lung cancer first. Men started smoking first, men started
quitting first. The downturns in lung cancer death rates, as well as incidence
rates, occurred in men first. We're hoping to see the same thing in women,"
She has one warning, though, in light of the current downswing in men being
attributed to the decrease in lung cancer deaths: "The current upturn in
teen-age smoking would alarm us to think that this trend might reverse itself.
... It's basically, bottom line, a terrific story, but it always contains the
warning: If we don't do something about teen-age smoking today, the good trends
could easily be reversed."
- After 70 years of increases, the number of overall deaths from cancer among
men has declined, according to statistics from the American Cancer
- For women, the number of cancer deaths continues to rise, and black women
and black men are more likely to die from cancer than other racial groups.
- An important reason for the decline in deaths is a downturn in lung cancer,
but this trend could easily be reversed, since smoking among teen-agers
continues to rise.