Medical study shows cancer deaths are declining
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) Cancer deaths are on the decline, according to a new study.
According to the American Cancer Society, cancer deaths have declined by 29% since 1991.
That’s an estimated 2.9 million fewer cancer deaths.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths, according to the CDC.
But health experts say more awareness about the dangers of smoking, the number one cause of lung cancer, is one reason for the decline.
Advanced screenings and treatments have also led to fewer deaths.
One health expert says these advances give people more options for cancer treatments.
“You don’t have to be scared of chemotherapy, because we have other treatment options. We can treat you, and you don’t have to go through the side effects of chemotherapy,” said Ibrahim Sadek, a medical oncologist at Mayo Clinic Health System.
Sadek says he’s confident that cancer deaths will continue to decline.