One Good Thing: Cancer Mortality Rates are Going Down

Learn about this century’s declining cancer rates.


media by Andi Mack

A graphic reads, “one good thing: cancer rates are going down” to introduce the article.

by Andi Mack, Reporter

Everything is always happening everywhere, sometimes good and sometimes bad. It’s up to us to decide what we want to highlight in our world, so why not choose the positive?

Did you know that globally, mortality rates for all forms of cancer have been consistently plunging since the 90s? According to, the cancer death rate for men and women fell 32% from 1991 to 2019. One reason why it has been falling is because of the decreasingly earlier diagnosis of cancer, leading to a longer lifespan for those with cancer. 

Rachelle MacColl ‘24 didn’t know that cancer mortality rates were declining, but she has a personal connection to it.

“My grandma had [cancer] and she got cured,” MacColl said.

Previously in the early 2000s and late 90s, that wouldn’t have been as common to hear as it is today.