For the first time in decades, the death rate from lung cancer among women in the U.S. is finally dropping. It may be a turning point in the smoking-fueled epidemic.
The nation’s annual report on cancer cautions that it’s a small decline—just shy of 1 percent a year over five years. Lung cancer remains the leading cancer killer both nationally and worldwide.
But the long-anticipated drop is a hopeful sign that the trend is real.
Overall death rates from cancer and rates of new diagnoses also continue a slow but steady years-long decline. The new cancer report covers the years 2003 to 2007, the most recent data available. It appears in Thursday’s issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
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