THURSDAY, January 7, 2016 (CBS News) –The cancer death rate in the U.S. has plummeted by 23 percent since 1991, new figures show. The steady decline over more than two decades is due in great part to people kicking their cigarette habits.
The American Cancer Society says that the drop, documented in their annual report on cancer incidence, translates to more than 1.7 million averted cancer deaths through 2012.
Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, told CBS News, “We think much of this is due to prevention, especially smoking cessation.”
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