Overall cancer survival rates are improving
The American Cancer Society projects almost 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2017. That's a lot of people, but the outlook for most of them is much better today than if they'd been diagnosed a couple of decades ago. The death rate for cancer peaked in 1991 and has been dropping ever since. Today, the overall rate is lower than it has ever been. Some populations, however, are seeing increases in cancer incidence and deaths, and some cancer rates are on the rise. Leslie Kohman, MD, director of outreach for the Upstate Cancer Center, explains the disparities.