There's some good news for Alabama: the state's cancer rate has dropped over a five year period. For men, it's down 13% and 9% for women.
The report by the Alabama Statewide Cancer Registry shows that Alabamians are eating better, smoking less and getting tested earlier. All this has helped bring the rate down. The study shows declines between 1996 to 2000 in every major cancer except malignant melanoma. But health officials say the results are encouraging.
The biggest change for Alabama men was a 19% drop in lung cancer cases and in women, cervical cancer cases declined 12%.