Cancer Trends Over Time
Rates of death from most cancers have decreased in the past 50-60 years. This is due to better diagnoses and treatments as well as some improvements in lifestyle. Lung cancer rates rose dramatically in the 60ís to 80ís (likely due to the prevalence of cigarette smoking. As the use of tobacco has decreased, so has the rates of lung cancer. (Source: American Cancer Society)
These statistics are from the American Cancer Society site (www.cancer.org). Check out the site for more detailed information.