Delaware cancer rates decline

July 31, 2009 8:37:17 AM PDT
tate health officials say Delaware's cancer rates are declining. A report released Friday by the Delaware Division of Public Health shows that cancer incidence and mortality rates have decreased over a 10-year period. The report covers the years 2001 through 2005 and compares the data to the years 1991 through 1995.

Delaware has one of the nation's highest cancer rates and remains far above the national average, but the gap is narrowing. But Delaware's cancer incidence rate decreased 5 percent over the 10-year period, while the national rate decreased 4 percent.

Delaware's female breast cancer incidence rate is lower than the national rate. But lung and prostate cancer are diagnosed much more frequently in Delaware than nationwide.

The report also finds that racial disparities in Delaware's cancer rates are decreasing.

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