Healthy Living

Mar 27, 2014 2:15 PM by NBC News

Invasive cancer rate drops

The number of people diagnosed with an invasive cancer fell slightly in 2010. That's according to a new CDC report which found cancer rates dropped from 459 to 446 per 100,000 people between 2009 and 2010.

Rates of new cancers were higher among men than women and highest among African Americans.

Cancers of the prostate, breast, lung, colon, and rectum were the most common but did vary by gender, race and ethnic group.

Experts say these lower rates are encouraging but too many people die from preventable cancers.

The CDC has stated one of its top priorities for 2014 is to increase HPV vaccination among pre-teens and teens, and more than 50 organizations are working to improve screening rates for colorectal cancer.

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