The report finds the overall death rate from cancer has gone down 20 percent from its peak in 1991. The drop is even greater for the big four -- breast, lung, colo-rectum and prostate cancer.
Health experts credit a decline in smoking, improvements in early detection of cancer, and improvements in treatments of cancer.
The report still expects more than a million new cancer cases this year and more than half a million cancer deaths. Death rates are still rising for some cancers, including melanoma, liver, thyroid, and pancreas.
The American Cancer Society says if the trends from 19-91 continued, 1.2 million more Americans would have died from cancer.