U.S. invasive cancer rates slightly down from 2009 to 2010

CDC: March 27, 2014

Preventive services like HPV vaccination and colorectal cancer screening are important tools in reducing cancer rates

Rates of invasive cancer cases among U.S. men and women dropped slightly from 459 per 100,000 persons in 2009 to 446 per 100,000 persons in 2010, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The highest rates were for prostate, female breast, lung and bronchus, and colon and rectum cancers, which together accounted for half of all cancer cases in the United States. With the exception of urinary bladder cancer, invasive cancer is defined as cancer that has spread to surrounding normal tissue from where it began.

For the first time, lung cancer was the second most common cancer among Hispanic men, surpassing colorectal cancer. Rates of new cancer cases were higher among men than women, highest among blacks, and ranged by state. Read More