Health experts have been constantly talking about and raising awareness about the prevention of the cancer development and it seemed that their effort has finally paid off.

From the data collected it was determined that the death rate from most forms of cancer started declining in the early 1990s and has continued to decline up until now. From the year 1993 until the year 2003, cancer deaths rates have dropped about 16% in men and 8 % in women.
The most lethal cancers in men are lung, prostate and colorectal cancers and all showed declines. The top three killers of women are breast, colorectal and cervical cancer but the decline in deaths has only been seen in colorectal cancers.

Although the deaths caused by cancers have declined, the rate of newly diagnosed cancers remained relatively steady in the past decade. An exception is a thyroid cancer in women that doubled in the mid-1990s and doubled again from 2000 to 2003.

Health experts report that it is prevention, better treatments and diagnostic tools that have helped lower cancer deaths.

However, the situation is not the same in the whole world. Some of the poorer countries cannot report a decline in the cancer deaths because the awareness about the prevention is not on the high level, diagnostic tools are old fashioned and medications way too expensive.