CDC: Cancer deaths declined from 1990 - 2000

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Cancer deaths declined from 1990 to 2000, according to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cancer, however, still remains the second leading cause of death in the U.S.

The decrease may be due to earlier detection and better prevention and treatment options, the CDC said.

Prostate cancer, female breast cancer, and colorectal cancer saw the sharpest decreases. Lung cancer deaths among women, however, rose during the 1990s.

The report can be seen at www.cdc.gov/mmwr.