According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 602,350 people died of cancer in the United States in 2020, but the disease’s fatality rate has continued to fall in the country (CDC).
Cancer remained the second leading cause of death in 2020, after heart disease, and Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death, according to the CDC’s latest update on Thursday, Xinhua reported.
According to the CDC, of the 602,350 cancer deaths in the United States, 284,619 were females and 317,731 were males.
Lung cancer was the leading cause of death from cancer, accounting for 23% of all deaths.
According to the CDC, other common types included cancers of the colon and rectum, pancreas, female breast, prostate, liver, and intrahepatic bile duct.
Cancer death rates have decreased by 27% in the last 20 years, from 196.5 to 144.1 deaths per 100,000 people.