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A trio of researchers from the American Cancer Society report their analysis of trends in age-standardized death rates for cancer in the US between 1970 and 2006. Their findings, published in PLoS One this week, suggest a net decline of 21 and 11 percent in the all-cancer death rates for men since 1970 and 1990, respectively. Likewise, the women's all-cancer death rate saw a net decline of 6 percent since 1970 and 12 percent since 1991.

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