The figures reveal an overall decline in cancer deaths that began during the early 1990s is continuing, with a reduction in cigarette smoking considered a major reason for the decline.
WebMD reported the study also found:
-- Men's death rates for 11 of the 15 most common cancers -- including lung, prostate, colon and leukemia -- continue to decline. Deaths from esophageal and liver cancer increased but seem to have stabilized for kidney cancer and melanoma.
-- Death rates among women dropped for 10 of the 15 most common cancers, including colon, rectum, kidney, cervix, and bladder. Breast cancer rates stabilized from 2001-03.
-- U.S. Latino/Hispanics have a lower incidence of most cancers than non-Hispanic whites.
The annual report is a joint effort of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute.