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Cancer Rates Drop

New report sees overall decline, despite some setbacks

Cancer rates are declining and so are deaths from the worst types of the disease, according to this article from USA TODAY.

The article notes that less smoking, efforts to detect cancers earlier, and better treatments are getting credit for the reduction. Still, experts say there's a long way to go before cancer is defeated, according to the story.

There are some disturbing numbers in the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer. For instance, new cases of breast cancer in women over 50 are up, the story says.

Nonetheless, rates of new cases and deaths from cancer declined 1.1 percent each year from 1992 to 1998, according to the report.

For information about preventing and treating cancer, visit the American Cancer Society Web site.

Or read a press release on the report at the National Cancer Institute site.

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