ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A new study by the American Cancer Society shows premature Cancer deaths are down.
The annual risk of dying from cancer dropped 17.9 percent from 1969 to 2013.
Researchers found the overall death rate dropped by 43 percent.
They cite lifestyle changes, preventive screenings, and early detection.
Those are things the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia pushes.
"The study validates the value of what the Cancer Coalition is doing," said Diane Fletcher, Cancer Coalition of South Georgia's Chief Executive Officer. "It certainly saves lives and also saves Healthcare dollars to find disease early, treat it as early as possible and better yet to prevent cancer and other chronic diseases."
The study shows death rates for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes also continue to drop, but those decreases have slowed in recent years.
The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia provides services in 32 counties. Their "Night of Hope" will honor Albany Technical College's President Dr. Anthony Parker, a three time cancer survivor, on February 6th at the Hilton Garden Inn.
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