US Cancer Deaths on the Rise

But mortality rate is still dropping, doctors say
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2008 12:00 PM CST
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(Newser) – Cancer deaths in the US rose slightly in 2005, according to the American Cancer Society's latest report, but the news isn't all bad: the cancer mortality rate declined 1%, continuing the downward trend since the early 1990s, the Dallas Morning News reports. "As an aging population, we will see more cancers," a researcher says, explaining the increase, despite gains from early detection and treatment.

Total cancer deaths rose about 1%, or 5,400 patients, between 2004 and 2005, after two years of declining for the first time since the early 1990s. While the death rates for breast, prostate, colorectal, and lung cancers have continued to fall, the number of lung cancer deaths among women continued to increase. (Read more cancer rates stories.)