Good News: Cancer Mortality Rates Continue to Drop in 2008

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The American Cancer Society has just released its annual cancer statistics report. The report estimates the number of new cancer cases for the coming year. It also contains data on cancer deaths in 2005.

According to the report, there was an increase in cancer deaths in 2005 (559,312), compared to 2004 (553,888). Despite this, cancer mortality rates in the U.S. continue to drop overall, with a 2% drop in 2003-2004 and a 1% drop in 2005.

Did you know that there are all sorts of ways you can avoid getting cancer? Diet, regular check-ups, and a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise are all important things in the battle against cancer.

Despite the onslaught of environmental toxins that many medical researchers feel are responsible for much of the cancer that plagues our society, there is a way to keep healthy.

When choosing foods, help protect your body from cancer by eating those that are high in antioxidants. Blueberries, garlic, onions, turmeric, green tea and many other delicious foods have all been found to have anti-cancer properties.

And if you make the effort to exercise regularly, you will notice a definite and immediate impact on your health. You will gain more energy and strengthen your immune system. You will increase your circulation, pumping needed blood and oxygen to all your organs. And — when it comes to the fight against cancer — you’ll be helping to flush out toxins every time you exercise.

The American Cancer Society reports that, among men, prostate, lung, and colorectal cancers account for about half of all cancer cases. And, among women breast, lung, and colorectal cancers are the most common types found.

Certain cancers seem to be on a slow decline. Newly diagnosed cases of lung cancer in men are down, while for women rates are at least leveling off. A drop in colorectal cancer is also reported between 1998 and 2004. And more good news: breast cancer rates have decreased 3.5% per year from 2001 to 2004.

The American Cancer Society believes that the overall decline in cancer death rates is the direct result of screening programs for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers. They also think the decline is due to increased advertising about the harmful effects of cigarette smoke.

Make sure you continue to be a part of the declining statistics in the war against cancer. Adopt a healthy lifestyle and you could reap the benefits of a strong and resilient body.