The American Cancer Society reported a significant reduction in cancer mortality from 1991 to 2019, the most recent year data were available, and found that nearly half of all cancer deaths were potentially preventable. annual statement from the organization.
According to cancer facts and figures 2022 report, there has been a 32% drop in cancer mortality over 28 years, and the decline in mortality is mainly due to fewer people smoking during this time frame, as well as the rise of combination treatments, chemotherapy and prevention and early detection measures. is responsible for.
The organization found that 42% of cancers are potentially preventable, with 19% from smoking and 18% from drinking, poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and excess body weight.
Early detection in lung cancer increased dramatically from 2004 to 2018, increasing the 3-year survival rate for people with the disease from 21 in 100 people to 31 in 100 people.
The ACS predicted that there would be 1,918,030 new cases diagnosed with cancer and 609,360 deaths from cancer in 2022, slightly higher than the numbers projected for 2021.
There is a lag of two to four years in reporting the actual case and death numbers, and it is not yet clear whether the ACS estimates for 2021 were on target.