FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Studies have shown fewer people are dying of cancer in the US, according to a recent report from the American Cancer Society.
"We are winning the war, but we're not quite ready to declare a victory just yet," said Jan Bruckner, M.D. Medical Oncology Mayo Clinic.
Bruckner says there are two primary reasons for the reduced Cancer rate.
"One is increased screening and prevention of cancer. And the other is continually better treatments after a patient is diagnosed," Bruckner explained.
He says it's no coincidence it's happening as the number of Americans who smoke and use tobacco continues to drop. But there's still more work to be done.
"If we could also work on the obesity epidemic, that would help reduce the rates even further," said Bruckner.
And looking to the future of cancer care, Bruckner said,
"I think we will be able to detect cancers earlier, get them when they're more curable. I am also optimistic that, even after a cancer diagnosis, that we will be able to continue to increase the cure rate or control rate for many, many years."
According to a recent study from the American Cancer Society, fewer people are dying of cancer in the U.S. and the number of cancer deaths has dropped 27 percent over a 25-year period and is continuing to decline.