Good news Wednesday from the nation's leading cancer agencies: Cancer death rates are dropping.
The "annual report to the nation on the status of cancer" suggests better treatments are helping patients live longer. Death rates are dropping for nearly every type of cancer, almost one percent a year for women and twice that for men.
"Yes, men are doing better in trend, but in terms of the overall rate, they still have a higher death rate due to cancer than women do," said Brenda Edwards, of the National Cancer Institute.
Scientists believe death rates are down because cancer is discovered earlier today and we have better drug treatment now than five years ago. Bottom line, a cancer diagnosis today means a much better chance of survival. The report today comes from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the CDC and others groups.