Jan. 4, 2012 at 4:52 PM ET
By MyHealthNewsDaily staff
Cancer death rates have continued to decline in both men and women in recent years, according to a new report.
Between 2004 and 2008, cancer death rates decreased by 1.8 percent per year in men, and by 1.6 percent per year in women. Overall cancer incidence rates overall that period declined by 0.6 percent per year in men and were stable in women, according to the report from the American Cancer Society.
However, rates of new cases of a few specific cancers, including pancreatic cancer and melanoma, are on the rise, according to the report.
In 2012, more than 577,000 people will die from cancer in the United States, and more than 1,638,000 people will be diagnosed with the disease, according to estimates in the report.
The report is published yearly, and is online today (Jan. 4) in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
Other findings include:
A special section of the article focuses on cancers that have been on the rise, including cancers of the pancreas, liver, thyroid and kidney, as well as melanoma, esophageal adenocarcinoma and certain types of oropharyngeal cancer associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.
The reasons for these increases are not entirely known. Part of the increase may be linked to the increasing prevalence of obesity, as well as increases in early detection practices for some cancers. These rising trends will exacerbate the growing cancer burden associated with population expansion and aging, the researchers say.
The report is based on data from the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The expected numbers of new cancer cases and cancer deaths should be interpreted with caution because these estimates are based on statistical models and may vary considerably from year to year, according to the report.
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