The American Cancer Society reports a drop in total cancer deaths from 2002 to 2003, the first decrease since nationwide record keeping began in 1930. Total cancer deaths for 2006 are expected to rise because of the growing and aging population. The death rate, however, will continue its fall, which began in 1991.

Cancer deaths in 2002: 557,271

In 2003: 556,902

Expected cancer cases in 2006: 1,399,790

Deaths expected from:

Lung cancer: 162,460

Colorectal cancer: 55,170

Breast cancer: 40,970

Prostate cancer: 27,350

Percent of all cancer deaths from these four types: 51

Odds of developing cancer by age 39:

Men: 1 in 70

Women: 1 in 50

Between ages 40 and 59:

Men: 1 in 12

Women: 1 in 11

Between ages 60 and 69:

Men: 1 in 6

Women: 1 in 9

SOURCE: Cancer Facts & Figures 2006.