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The most common cancers in men include prostate, lung and colorectal cancers, amounting to 42 percent of all diagnoses, while women most frequently face breast, lung and colorectal cancer.

Advances in early detection and treatment, along with a drop in smoking, are believed to be responsible for much of the 26 percent drop since 1991, said the findings in the American Cancer Society's comprehensive annual report.

Cancers of the breast, prostate and colon and rectum are also down steeply.

The report estimates that this year there will be 1.7 million new cancer cases and 609,640 cancer deaths in the United States.

For the report, researchers analyzed mortality data collected by the National Center for Health Statistics and incidence rates from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program, the National Program of Cancer Registries and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries. While lung cancer remains a leading cause of cancer death, death rates have dropped by 45% among men from 1990 to 2015 and by 19% among women from 2002 to 2015.

The demise rate dropped 39 percent from 1989 to 2015 for female bosom disease and 52 percent from 1993 to 2015 for prostate tumor. Declines in lung and colorectal cancers were offset by increasing or stable rates for breast, uterine corpus, and thyroid cancers and for melanoma.

According to the report, men a slightly more likely to develop a form - most commonly, prostate, lung and colorectal - of cancer than women. Rates of lung cancer in women are now approaching the levels in men.

While progress is evident, stark racial disparities remain.

The good news, Goler Blount said, is more than 90 percent of black women are now insured following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Among individuals 65 and more established, the passing rate for blacks was 7 percent higher than for whites, a littler divergence that possible mirrors the impacts of Medicare's widespread medicinal services get to. On the other hand, lack of insurance among younger black Americans may contribute to their higher mortality rate compared to whites.

Some states in the report, such as NY and MA, have seen the racial mortality gap disappear for whites and blacks over 65.