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Chart of the Day: Declining Cancer Death Rates

Samuel A. Kiburz May 21, 2024
Multi-colored line chart showing annual cancer death rates by country, from 1950 to today. Chart shows how cancer death rates have decrease from 150 to 100 per 100,000 people over this time period.


Today’s Chart of the Day from Our World in Data shows the death rate from cancer per 100,000 people going back to 1950.Good news! It peaked in 1990 at an average of 150 and has declined to only 100 today.

This is a significant drop, and as the article says, it is from “decreased smoking and technology advancements from chemotherapy, immunotherapy, surgery, vaccination against HPV and hepatitis, treatment for H. pylori, and advances in screening, diagnosis, and monitoring.”

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