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- The American Cancer Society published its annual cancer estimates report on Wednesday.
- The report projects 1.9 million new cancer diagnoses and 609,360 deaths from cancer the United States in 2022.
- Despite the predictions, the death rate due to do cancer for men and women combined has decreased 32 percent from its peaks from 1991 to 2019.
A new report estimates that nearly 2 million cancer cases will be diagnosed in the United States in 2022.
Published Wednesday by the American Cancer Society, the annual report states an estimated 1.9 million new cancer diagnoses and 609,360 deaths — or roughly 1,670 deaths per day — are expected to occur across the U.S. this year.
Cancer remains the second-leading cause of death in the U.S., following heart disease. According to the American Cancer Society, this marks the highest estimate of new cancer diagnoses and deaths since its annual report in 2007.
Despite the predictions, the death rate due to do cancer for men and women combined has decreased 32 percent from its peaks from 1991 to 2019.
The American Cancer Society has highlighted a number of factors that have led to the decreased mortality rate, including prevention and early detection screenings for certain cancers, including breast, cervix, colon, prostate, rectum and lung, and the utilization of combination treatments, and post-operative chemotherapy for breast and colon cancers.
“We have a lot of effective screening tests now to prevent deaths from cancer,” Rebecca Siegel, an epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society and the report’s corresponding author, told ABC News, “and so, while none of these tests is perfect, being up to date and talking with your doctor about when you should screen can really help reduce your risk of dying from cancer.”
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