Report Shows Cancer Deaths Declining

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Federal health officials have released a report showing a dramatic drop in cancer deaths during the past few years.

Dr. Larry Norton, deputy physician in chief at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, says the decline in deaths shows that prevention strategies, such as early detection, and treatment are working.

Still, there are some problem areas that standout in the report. Norton says the study found that Native Americans are not benefiting from treatment and prevention at the same rate as other Americans.

Also, smoking and access to care remain a problem. And while fewer men are smoking, there was no decrease in smoking among women and more people are taking up smoking earlier.

In addition, Norton says, the death rate from breast cancer is dropping, but there is still a high number of Americans are not getting breast exams.

Norton speaks to Madeleine Brand about the statistics and the reasons behind the decrease.

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