by Anna Maltby
Bill Diodato Feel like everything you read about cancer these days sounds like doom and gloom? Well, here's some encouraging news -- over the last 20 years, the United States has seen steady declines in deaths from cancer.
That's according to the annual statistics report from the American Cancer Society, released this week. Researchers at the ACS found that the U.S. had a 20 percent drop in the overall risk of dying from cancer in the past two decades. That means we've avoided approximately 1,340,400 cancer deaths in the last 20 years, 387,700 of which would have been women. Not too shabby, right?!
See more: Secrets To Firing Up Your Metabolism"The progress we have made against cancer, which is reflected in the sustained declines in cancer death rates over the past two decades, is very good news," report co-author Rebecca Siegel, MPH, Director of Surveillance Information for the ACS, told SELF.
But the battle is still not over: The report estimates we will see 1,665,540