Good news, bad news. U.S. cancer deaths are down significantly in the past 25 years, a new study finds. But some cancers continue to rise.

The American Cancer Society reports that cancer-related mortality has declined by 23 percent since 1991, a positive development that it credits largely to a decrease in smoking, as well as better and more frequent screenings for breast and prostate cancers.

Cancer still remains a very common way to die, of course. The group estimates that about 1.68 million Americans will be diagnosed with the disease this year, and that just under 600,000 will perish from it.

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