Feb. 2, 2023—The latest cancer statistics from the American Cancer Society (ACS) included some great news: Thanks to prevention, screenings and treatment advances, deaths from cancer have dropped 33% since their peak in 1991.
The ACS shares an update on the state of cancer each year. Here’s a look at some of the details—good news and bad—from their Cancer Facts & Figures 2023 report:
Among women ages 20 to 24, cervical cancer rates dropped a whopping 65% from 2012 to 2019. This was the first group of women to receive the HPV vaccine, which helps prevent cervical cancer as well as other types of cancer.
Liver cancer and melanoma rates declined in men younger than age 50.
Prostate cancer diagnoses increased 3% from 2014 to 2019—the first increase in 20 years. The upshot? Men should discuss their risk and prostate cancer screening with their doctors.
Rates of breast, endometrial and liver cancer increased among women.
Deaths from colon cancer disease dropped 57% from 1970 to 2020, thanks to early detection and improved treatment. But the cancer is on the rise among younger adults: In people under 50, rates have increased 1% to 2% per year since the 1990s.
After heart disease, cancer continues to be the second most common cause of death in the United States. A total of 1.9 million new cancer cases are expected in 2023.
According to the ACS, at least 42% of new cancer cases in the U.S. are potentially avoidable. Discover six ways to reduce cancer risk with our interactive infographic.