Thursday, January 18, 2007

After 76 Years, Tide Turns in Cancer War

For the second straight year, the National Center for Health Statistics reports cancer deaths have fallen in the United States, reports CNN. Since it takes some time to compile these numbers, the announcement regards 2003 and 2004. The news is particularly exciting because cancer deaths had been on the rise since 1930.

According to CNN, "experts are attributing the success to declines in smoking and to earlier detection and more effective treatment of tumors."

It should be noted, however, that the drops have been slight. In 2003, cancer deaths fell by just 369, which may have been a "statistical fluke," said CNN. But in 2004, the number of deaths slipped by a more convincing 3,014. That's still a drop in the bucket, just .5 percent of the 1,500 people that die each day (550,000 annually) from cancer.

The fight's nowhere close to being over, but it seems like we've learned some of the enemies weaknesses.

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