The American Cancer Society's annual report on cancer statistics finds an 18.4% decrease in cancer death rates in men and a 10.5% drop in women's rates since the early 1990's.
The report finds that the three most common cancers in men include prostate, lung and colorectal- with prostate cancer accounting for one quarter of all cancers in men. In women, the most common cancers are breast, lung and colorectal- which makes up about half of all female cancer diagnoses.
Experts say that despite the drop in cancer deaths since the 1990's the number went up slightly from 2004 to 2005. However experts say this should not deter from the progress that has been made in the past 15 years.