Cancer death rates falling, but some areas aren't making progress as quickly
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A new CDC report claims cancer death rates are falling across the U.S.
But according to the same report, some parts of the country aren't making progress as quickly.
Doctors say in more rural parts of the country, cancer death rates are higher than in cities.
Out of every 100,000 people, 180 people in the rural U.S. die from cancer, compared to 158 in urban areas--even though more people are diagnosed with cancer in American cities.
According to these numbers, rural Americans who are diagnosed with cancer are about six percent more likely to die from cancer.
Doctors say there are many reasons why cancer death rates are higher in rural areas, including higher use of tobacco and less access to screening tests that can catch some types of cancer before they turn deadly.
The acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says "with targeted public health efforts and interventions, we can close the growing cancer gap between rural and urban Americans."