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Reductions in mortality for lung, female breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers accounted for 60 to 80 percent of the total decrease in all cancer deaths since the early 1990s.

Jemal, A, E Ward, and M Thun. Declining Death Rates Reflect Progress Against Cance. PLoS One. 2010; 5(3): e9584. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0009584

Reference

Title
Declining Death Rates Reflect Progress Against Cance
Publication
PLoS One
Publication Date
2010
Authors
Jemal, A, E Ward, and M Thun
Volume & Issue
Volume 5, Issue 3
Pages
e9584
URL
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