(HealthDay News) — From 2000 to 2009, there was a general decrease in the death rates for all cancers combined for men and women, although the incidence of some cancers continued to rise, according to a report published online Jan. 7 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Ahmedin Jemal, D.V.M., Ph.D., from the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, and colleagues used data from the National Cancer Institute, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries to assess cancer incidence, and used CDC data to assess death rates and trends. Long-term (1975/1992 to 2009) and short-term (2000 to 2009) trends in incidence and death rates for all cancers combined and for the leading cancers were examined.

The researchers found that, for men and women of all major racial and ethnic groups, for all cancers combined and for most major cancers, the death rates continued to decline, with a 1.5 percent annual decrease in the rates from 2000 to 2009 for both sexes combined. The overall incidence rates stabilized for women and decreased for men. The incidence of some cancers (e.g., liver, kidney, and thyroid) increased.

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“Although substantial progress in cancer prevention and control has been made for many cancers, including lung, colorectal, female breast, and prostate cancers, incidence and/or death rates continue to increase for some cancer sites (e.g., liver, pancreas, kidney, thyroid, and melanoma), underscoring the need for additional etiologic research for the identification of major risk factors and the development of appropriate interventions,” the authors write.

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