Overall cancer death rates continued to decline between 2015 and 2019 for men, women and children and all major racial and ethnic groups, according to the latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer. The overall death rate fell an average 2.3% per year in men and 1.9% per year in women, led by declining rates for lung cancer and melanoma. Death rates increased in men for cancers of the pancreas, brain, bones and joints and in women for cancers of the pancreas and uterus. New cancer cases remained stable for men and children between 2014 and 2018, but increased for women, adolescents and young adults. This year’s report also highlights trends in pancreatic cancer, as well as racial and ethnic disparities in incidence and death rates.

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