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By The Associated Press - 12/22/05

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rate of cancer cases diagnosed in the United States has stabilized, but the cancer death rate continues to decline, including the four most common types of cancer — prostate, breast, lung, and colorectal — the National Cancer Institute said Thursday.

‘‘The overall message of the report remains positive,’’ NCI Director Andrew C. von Eschenbach said in releasing the report. ‘‘The evidence that I have seen convinces me that we are poised to make dramatic gains against cancer in the near future.’’

The rate of new cases of cancer was 488.6 per 100,000 Americans in 2002, close to the rate of 488.1 a year earlier, according to the report, which is updated every other year.

At the same time, the death rate for all cancers was 193.6 per 100,000, down from 195.7 a year earlier and continuing a steady downward trend.

For the four most common cancers the death rates were:

— Prostate, 28.0 per 100,000, down from 28.9.

— Breast, 25.4, down from 26.0.

— Colorectal, 19.6, down from 20.1.

— Lung, 54.8, down from 55.2.

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