Center for Disease Control and Prevention directer, Julie Gerberding, claims that, "The significant decline in cancer death rates demonstrates important progress in the fight against cancer that has been achieved through effective tobacco control, screening, early detection, and appropriate treatment."
The rate at which new cancers are diagnosed also dropped a little during the period between 1992 and 2004 for both men and women. The incidence rate for breast cancer fell substantially during the 2001-2004 period and is believed to be partly due to the decreased use of hormone replacement therapy and recent decline in use of screening mammography.
After long term increases, lung cancer incidence among women leveled off during the 1998-2004 period and, for men, declined 1.8% annually among males for the period 1991-2004. Chief executive officer at the American Cancer Society, John Seffrin, believes, "The evidence is unmistakable: we are truly turning the tide in the cancer battle. The gains could be even greater if everyone in the U.S. had access to essential healthcare, including primary care and prevention services."