The ultimate measure of our nation's success against cancer is how quickly and how far we can lower the death rate from this group of diseases. This report provides national data not only on cancer mortality by major sites, sex, and race/ethnicity, but also in terms of the years of life lost to cancer—a measure that emphasizes the tragedy of common cancers that strike people at a relatively young age.
The good news is that the rate of death from cancer in the United States continues to decline among both men and women, among all major racial and ethnic groups, and for the most common types of cancer. It is our job as a nation to maintain and accelerate this trend.
Person - years of life lost