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On December 16, the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries released their annual report on incidences and death rates for 19 leading cancers during the period 2001-2010.  The report shows that overall incidence has decreased in men, and stabilized in women over the 10-year period; overall death rates have also declined.  Of particular interest is the finding that among the cancers analyzed, colorectal cancer had the largest decrease in incidence (29% in men, 24% in women) and the second largest decrease in mortality (29% in men and in women).  The authors attribute their findings to increased screening and removal of pre-cancerous polyps, along with improvements in treatment.  

A press release from the National Cancer Institute summarizing the report can be found at http://www.cancer.gov/newscenter/newsfromnci/2013/ReportNationDec2013Release.