A comprehensive study reveals the annual number of new cancer cases has declined for the first time ever in the United States.
The nation's leading cancer organizations determined regular screenings for breast or colorectal cancer, declining smoking rates and improving medical treatments all contributed to the decline.
According to the study published in the journal of the National Cancer Institute, fewer Americans are dying from cancer but the disease remains the number two killer in America, second only to heart disease.
The study also reveals troublesome lung cancer trends in states that have not taken steps to curb smoking.
Smoking accounts for about 30 percent of all cancer deaths, including roughly 87 percent of lung cancer deaths.
Lung cancer cases or deaths rose in 18 states, 16 of which are in the Midwest or the South.
California, the first state to implement smoking bans, was the only state with falling lung cancer cases and death rates.
The American Cancer Society, the Centers For Disease Control, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also contributed to the study.
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