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Lung Cancer Death Rate Continues Slide
Updated November 8, 2017 7:08 AM | Filed under: Health
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(UNDATED) - On the strength of anti-smoking campaigns and better medical treatments, the number of deaths attributed to lung cancer has declined dramatically over the past 25 years.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the nation's lung cancer death rate reached a historic high of 59.3 deaths per 100,000 persons in 1990, and has declined in each year since 2000 to 40.5 deaths per 100,000 in 2015.

The decline has been greater for males (from 91.1 to 49.5 deaths per 100,000 males between 1990 and 2015) than for females (from 37.1 to 33.5 deaths per 100,000 females between 1990 and 2015).

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