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Cancer Deaths Fell 25 Percent Since 1991

It's "a powerful sign of the potential we have to reduce cancer's deadly toll," said the American Cancer Society's chief medical officer

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    Cancer Deaths Fell 25 Percent Since 1991
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    A doctor wears a stethoscope during a visit to the Miami Children's Hospital.

    Fewer Americans are dying of cancer. The latest numbers from the American Cancer Society show a 25 percent drop in cancer deaths since 1991, the peak year for cancer deaths, NBC News reported.

    Cancer rates are holding fairly steady, but better screening and better treatments mean that people who get cancer are living longer, the American Cancer Society says in its annual report. And as fewer and fewer people smoke, cancer death rates follow.

    It projects that nearly 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and 600,000 will die of it. 

    "The continuing drops in the cancer death rate are a powerful sign of the potential we have to reduce cancer's deadly toll," said Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the group.

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