Last Tuesday, the American Cancer Society reported that for the 28th consecutive year the number of deaths due to cancer has decreased, but the really exciting news is the number of deaths, year to year, decreased by record levels (see HERE).

Now, this latest report shows that between 2016 and 2017, the US saw a 2.2 percent drop in cancer deaths. Now cancer death rates have been steadily dropping over the years since they peaked back in 1991. And since then, the rate has fallen by 29 percent and that number translates into roughly 2.9 million fewer cancer deaths which is amazing. But to see such a sharp decline in a one year span is really remarkable.

A few things are contributing. The main one is that we’re seeing a huge decline in lung cancer deaths. And that’s likely because, not only are fewer people smoking, but there have also been medical advances like improved surgical techniques, new immunotherapy treatment and targeted therapies that fight cancer growth. ”

Also, a type of deadly skin cancer has also seen a notable mortality-rate drop and that’s melanoma. Which again, is likely the result of breakthrough treatments (The Washington Post, January 8, 2020).

Our Observatory congratulates for this great biomedical advance, improving surgical techniques, new immunotherapy treatments and targeted therapies that fight cancer growth.