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Number of cancer deaths steadily dropping

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(KWWL) -- Deaths from cancer have been steadily dropping over the past two decades.

It's good news that experts attribute to improved treatments, earlier detection and the fact that fewer people are smoking.

The American Cancer Society has come out with its latest "Cancer Statistics" report.

It finds the steady decline in cancer deaths has translated into more than three-quarters of a million lives saved.

Cancers of the lung and colon are the deadliest cancers, along with prostate for men and breast cancer for women.

From the same report, cancer experts say breast cancer alone is expected to account for nearly 30 percent of all new cancer cases among women.

And although mortality rates have decreased overall, lung cancer rates among women have stabilized since 2003, after increasing for several decades.

Lung cancer is actually deadlier than breast cancer, and is expected to account for more than a quarter of all female cancer deaths this year.

Online Anchor: Sunny Layne

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