February 4 is an international tribute day for building awareness around issues related to cancer care, such as its prevention, detection, and management. This year, CancerNetwork® looked at the greatest initiatives to combat this disease and achievements by stakeholders in the field.
Cancer Mortality Is on the Decline
According to statistics reported in the American Cancer Society’s “Cancer Statistics, 2021” report, overall death rates from cancer have been in a continuous decline which includes a 2.4% decrease from 2017 to 2018.1
Advances in the treatment of lung cancer—which is the leading cause of cancer deaths, accounting for more than breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers combined—are reflected in better outcomes from therapy in non–small cell lung cancer, with death rates reducing by 5% annually from 2014 to 2018. For the same time period, mortality in colorectal cancer decreased by 2% per year, 1% per year in breast, and stayed static in prostate cancer….