A new study shows the rate of people with cancer being diagnosed and treated has fallen to 3%.
The study by The Ohio State University, published in the Annals of Oncology, shows that since 1990, the number of people diagnosed with cancer has fallen by nearly a quarter, to about 3.7 million people.
“The rates are down significantly in the last two years and it’s a huge reduction from 1990,” Dr. Andrew Miller, the study’s lead author and professor of internal medicine at Ohio State, said in a press release.
“Cancer has now become a reality, and many patients will have their cancer shrink down to a few centimeters in the future.”
The researchers found that the number and size of the tumors had fallen dramatically over the past 25 years.
It is not known exactly why the decline occurred, but the decline could be linked to the use of drugs, vaccines and chemotherapy that have greatly reduced the number.
“People with cancer who had never been diagnosed with the disease are now diagnosed with it,” Miller said.
“People with pre-existing cancers are not getting diagnosed.
They’re not getting tested, and they’re not being treated.
It’s really a dramatic change.”
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