Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer
The latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer finds that for all cancer sites combined, cancer death rates continued to drop in men, women, adolescents and young adults, and children in the United States from 2001 to 2017. While there was some progress toward reaching the Healthy People 2020 targets for lung cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer in women, and colorectal cancer, more work needs to be done to address disparities in cancer screening and some risk behaviors.
The annual report is produced by CDC, the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries.
Targets were not met overall for cigarette smoking, recent smoking cessation, excessive alcohol use, or obesity.
Overall cancer death rates fell 1.5% on average per year from 2001 to 2017, falling more rapidly among men than women.
From 2012 to 2016, rates of new cases of cancer leveled off among men and went up slightly among women.