A local cancer center is celebrating the new data showing fewer people are dying from cancer.
The report released last week by the American Cancer Society says cancer deaths dropped more than 25 percent from 1991 to 2016 for people diagnosed with lung, breast, prostate and colorectal cancers.
Dr. Ravi Patel, the medical director of the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center, says new treatments, better lifestyle choices and support for local programs, all played a significant part.
Alissa Turner, a breast cancer survivor who now works at the CBCC, says she hopes it leads to a more definitive cure.
“Hopefully one day we can definitely say it will be 100 percent but until we get there we just continue to make each stride to make it happen,” she said.
Their work isn’t over yet. Doctors saw an increase for people dying from other forms of cancer, including liver cancer.