While poverty was actuallyassociated with lower rates of cancer mortality prior to the 1980s,that trend has since reversed, due in part to changes in diet andsmoking as well as screening and treatment rates. (Photo:Shutterstock)

The good news is that cancer in America was beaten back over the 25years ending 2016, with death rates plummeting, particularly whenit comes to the four most common types of the dreadedaffliction.

There's a caveat, however. Those gains have been reaped mostlyby the well-off. While racial disparities have begun to narrow, theimpact of limited access to treatment for the poorest Americanshas increased wealth-based inequality, according to the AmericanCancer Society's annual update on trends and statistics.

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