Cancer mortality rates have dropped 29 percent since 1991, with almost three million lives saved during that time.
The report finds death rates saw their biggest drop yet from 2016 to 2017.
"We have better therapies for our patients and we can say with confidence, patients are living longer and better than ever before," said Patel. "We now know that subsets of patients with lung cancer may have targetable mutations for which therapies are readily available that lead to longer periods of disease control.”
Significant impacts have been made in childhood cancers, leukemia and other blood cancers, lymphomas and now in lung cancer and other solid tumors.
Breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers have seen smaller drops.