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Cancer rates continue decline in U.S., new study finds

Overall U.S. cancer death rates continue to drop among men, women, children, teens and young adults, according to a report released Thursday (Source: “US cancer death rates across all age groups continue on downward trend, new study shows,” USA Today, Oct. 27).
The American Cancer Society’s Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer showed a decline in every major ethnic and racial group from 2015 to 2019. The findings are based on pre-COVID-19 pandemic data.
Lung cancer and melanoma deaths decreased the most for adults among cancers with declining death rates, according to the new report. 
Earlier this year, HPIO released a Data Snapshot on death trends among working-age Ohioans and found that cancer is the only leading cause of death that decreased since 2007 to 2021 for Ohioans ages 15 to 64.