Mortality from cancer in the United States had the largest one-year drop from 2016 to 2017.
It has been falling continuously since 1991, when cancer-related death rates peaked, resulting in a 29% overall decline in mortality from cancer through 2017, notes a new report from the American Cancer Society. The decline is driven by accelerating progress against lung cancer including both steady reductions in smoking cessation in the past several years and major advances in treatment. Read the entire summary here. Thanks to Lyn Becker, Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control, Pennsylvania Department of Health for contributing to this article.