Cancer death rate and smoking declines
EL PASO, TX. —
The reason for the decline is people not smoking as much.
A study shared by The American Cancer Society says cancer death rates dropped by 26 percent since 1991.
Over time, smokers who have given up the vice have added to the 20-year drop in deaths.
But tobacco is still the leading cause of cancer deaths today.
It's responsible for three out of 10 people dying from the disease.
Also adding to the decline is better cancer detection and treatments.
The American Cancer Society says more than 2 million lives have been saved and more than 1.7 million people are projected to be diagnosed with cancer this year.
In Texas, over 122,000 new diagnoses are expected this year.
The study says the estimated deaths for all types of cancers in Texas is 41,030 for 2018.