The overall cancer death rate decreased by 1.9% per year from 2001-2007 in males and by 1.5% in females from 2002-2007, according to new statistics from the American Cancer Society. Nearly 1.6 million new cancer cases and 572,000 deaths from cancer are projected to occur in the U.S. in 2011.
Overall cancer incidence rates have been stable in men after decreasing by 1.9% per year from 2001 to 2005. In women, incidence rates have been declining by 0.6% annually since 1998.
Cancers of the prostate, lung/bronchus and colorectum account for more than half of all newly diagnosed cancers in men, while cancers of the breast, lung/bronchus and colorectum account for more than half of estimated cancer cases in women.