Transcript for By the Numbers: Cancer deaths and some viral illnesses on the decline
We turn out to some rare good news on the medical fund a new study finding. A record drop in cancer deaths and perhaps it's not surprising but the precautions overtaking against the corona virus like social distancing and mass wearing. Those are keeping other viruses at bay we take a closer look. By the numbers 30%. So much of the rate of cancer deaths of actually decrease in the US since 1991. According to a new report by the American Cancer Society. The rate fell a record to 4% in just one year from 2017 to 2018. Lung cancer accounted for almost 50% of the overall decline in cancer that's part because fewer American snow. We've also seen improvements in surgery and radiation techniques diagnostic tools and also new drugs. Different think different reasons Americans seem to be contracting fewer viral it illnesses apart from the corona virus. Point 3%. That was a rate of influenza a day in a seasonal flu reported by CDC labs in the last week of December. 60%. Was three just a year ago also a year ago nearly 60%. Of samples taken from patients with flu like symptoms tested positive for respiratory viruses and bacteria other than from a virus. Now it's only 18%. According to an analysis by the Washington Post.
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