Ready for some good news? I know I am. And I am happy to say that I actually have some for you today.
A new report on cancer research predicts that cancer deaths will decrease by 17 percent in the United Kingdom by 2030.
Why the major reduction in cases? According to the report, the cancer death rate is predicted to drop in part because patients now have a better chance of survival due to earlier diagnosis and better treatments. Another big factor is the decrease in smoking in the U.K., which has led to a a decrease in cancers related to smoking.
In 2010, there were about 170 cancer-related deaths per 100,000 people in the U.K. That number is predicted to drop to 142 out of every 100,000 by 2030. Lung, breast, bowel and prostate cancer are all part of the reduction trend, but researchers think the biggest improvement will be in the rate of ovarian cancer deaths, which are predicted to drop by 43 percent.
Will these trends affect us here in the U.S.? One can only hope.