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Lung Cancer Death Rate Falls for Women

Study Also Shows the Overall Cancer Death Rate Continues to Decline

Cancer Rates: Racial Gap continued...

?When we look at the cancers most affected by screening, the disparity between blacks and whites is still increasing,? he says. ?But the death rate disparity is narrowing because smoking-related cancers are declining. The biggest reductions in smoking, especially in younger age groups, have occurred in African-Americans.?

While overall cancer incidence fell for African-Americans and whites, increases were seen in specific cancers:

  • Among men, rates of melanoma as well as liver, kidney, and pancreatic cancer increased between 2003 and 2007, and the death rates for all but kidney cancer also rose.
  • Among women, the incidence of melanoma, leukemia, and kidney, thyroid, and pancreatic cancer increased during the same time period. Death rates rose for pancreatic, liver, and uterine cancer.
  • Among children, cancer death rates continued to decline, as they have since the mid-1970s. But the incidence of childhood cancer has risen slightly since 1992, by about 0.6% a year.

Brain Tumors

For the first time the report included data on nonmalignant brain tumors, National Cancer Institute Associate Director of Surveillance Research Brenda K. Edwards, PhD, tells WebMD.

Among the major findings:

  • Among adults, nonmalignant tumors were about twice as common as malignant ones.
  • Brain tumors in children were much rarer than in adults, but they were also twice as likely to be malignant, with malignant tumors accounting for 65% of all childhood brain tumors.
  • The most common nonmalignant tumor was meningioma, which was 2.3 times more common in women than in men.
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