(HealthDay News) — Cancer death rates in the United States have declined in recent years, but cancer incidence has increased in women and remained stable in men, according to a report published in Cancer.

Kathleen A. Cronin, PhD, from the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, and colleagues provided updates on cancer occurrence and trends in the United States using data on new cancer diagnoses and cancer deaths. The researchers reported 5-year annual incidence and death rates, along with trends for all cancers combined and for leading cancer types.

The overall cancer incidence rate was 497 per 100,000 among males and 431 per 100,000 among females during 2014 to 2018. Over that period, cancer incidence was stable among males and increased 0.2% on average per year among females.

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Of the 18 most common cancers, among males, incidence rates increased for 3 cancers, were stable for 7 cancers, and decreased for 8 cancers. For females, incidence rates increased for 7 cancers, were stable for 4 cancers, and decreased for 7 cancers.

The overall cancer death rates decreased by 2.3% among males and 1.9% among females during 2015 to 2019. This declining trend was seen in every major racial/ethnic group.

Death rates decreased for 11 of the 19 most common cancers among males and for 14 of the 20 most common cancers among females during 2015 to 2019.

One author disclosed financial ties to FAKnostics.

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