June 17, 2017

California Cancer Registry report documents decline in cancer mortality and rates

California Cancer Facts & Figures 2017, a combined product of the American Cancer Society and the California Cancer Registry (CCR) showed a 30% decline since 1988 in cancer mortality and a 15% decline in the cancer rates over the same period.  The five-year survival rate for all cancers combined over the last three decades increased by 20% among whites and 24% among blacks – reflecting improved treatment and earlier diagnoses. The California Department of Public Health operates the CCR, which collects and maintains data on cancer diagnoses in California. Statewide cancer reporting was implemented over 30 years ago, and the CCR is now viewed as one of the leading cancer registries worldwide.