Cancer Deaths Increasing, Death Rate Decreasing

Posted on April 1, 2008  Comments (2)

Last year I questioned this quote “confirming” a declining trend of cancer deaths: “Cancer deaths in the United States dropped for the second year in a row, health officials reported yesterday, confirming that the trend is real and becoming more pronounced, too.” Well the data is in for the next year (2005) and cancer deaths increased – so much for the 2 year “trend.”

Despite a continuing decline in the cancer death rate from 2004 to 2005, there was an increase of 5,424 deaths (559,312 cancer deaths in 2005 compared to 553,888 cancer deaths in 2004). This increase follows a decrease in the number of cancer deaths in the two previous years.

The American Cancer Society provides much better wording this year, I believe:

“The increase in the number of cancer deaths in 2005 after two years of historic declines should not obscure the fact that cancer death rates continue to drop, reflecting the enormous progress that has been made against cancer during the past 15 years.” said John R. Seffrin, Ph.D., American Cancer Society chief executive officer. “While in 2005 the rate of decline was not enough to overtake other population factors, the fact remains that cancer mortality rates continue to drop, and they’re doing so at a rate fast enough that over a half million deaths from cancer were averted between 1990/1991 and 2004.”

Good news, and well stated. Related: Leading Causes of DeathCancer Cure – Not so Fast

2 Responses to “Cancer Deaths Increasing, Death Rate Decreasing”

  1. kangomommy
    April 2nd, 2008 @ 1:30 pm

    Interesting that I stopped by here today, because not an hour ago I read an article on the rise of esophageal cancer. People with heartburn should research it because it’s a prime indicator of possible future cancer cells developing.

    Ok, I just hunted down the direct link: [broken link so I removed it – curiouscat Jul 2008]

    Something else for us all to worry about!

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    Researchers at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center examined the effect of freeze-dried black raspberries on genes altered by a chemical carcinogen in an animal model of esophageal cancer…

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