In January, the American Cancer Society reported that the rate of cancer deaths in the United States had fallen 2.2% from 2016 to 2017. This was the largest single-year decline in cancer mortality ever reported.
Many factors have contributed to the continuing decline in cancer deaths. The reduction in the number of people who smoke is chief among them. But advances in diagnosis and treatment, especially those made during the past ten years, have also played a significant role. Experts anticipate that, with further advances in research, cancer survival will continue to improve over the next decade and beyond.
In an interview, Larry Norton, a medical oncologist and Senior Vice President at Memorial Sloan Kettering, talked about some of the biggest achievements in cancer care made between 2010 and 2019, and what he hopes to see next.