Albany-- The war on cancer may have reached a dramatic turning point. For the first time in seventy years, annual cancer deaths in the U.S have fallen.
The number of deaths dropped to 556-thousand-902 in 2003. That's just down from 557-thousand-201 the year before. American Cancer Society officials say heightened awareness and better cancer treatment are some reasons for the decrease in deaths.
"We attribute the decrease in these numbers because of early detection, and prevention programs and activities. We also attribute it to early diagnosis and treatment and also people just stopped smoking "said Cecillia Morris with the American Cancer Society.
Many experts also attribute a lot of the success to declines in smoking, and earlier detection and treatment of tumors.