News and CommentTHE WAR ON CANCER

Cancer Warriors Claim a Victory

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Science  20 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5358, pp. 1842-1843
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5358.1842b

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A group of experts announced last week that the United States has "turned the corner in the war on cancer": According to a report by public health leaders published in the 15 March issue of Cancer, in 1992, cancer rates reversed and began to drift downward. But researchers disagree over the reasons for the change, citing lower lung cancer rates due to the decline in smoking and early detection, among other factors. And some temper the optimism by pointing out that the incidence of certain cancers continues to increase, and African Americans have not shared in the improvements seen in the Caucasian population.