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Good News: Cancer rates fall

With so much negative news on how ‘our health care system is failing,’ it is nice to see that “failure” may be an overstatement.  According to the USA Today (“Cancer Deaths Drop“), the American Cancer Society reports that cancer rates have fallen for the second straight year.

This is great news.  The National Center for Health Statistic’s 2004 Mortality Data show that cancer is the #2 killer in America.  This table—cancer is listed as malignant neoplasms—shows that cancer causes half a million deaths per year, or 23.1% of all deaths in the U.S.  Let us hope the trend of reduced cancer deaths continues.