The number of cancer deaths across the country is falling, and doctors at the UW’s Cancer Center in Madison are seeing similar numbers in Wisconsin. Research from the American Cancer Society shows the cancer death rate has fallen 29 percent over the past 26 years. Researchers say part of that decline is due to fewer people smoking. Nationally the smoking rate has dropped about 10 percent over the past 15 years, and lung cancer cases have gone down by 2.2 percent. Lung cancer is responsible for 25 percent of all cancer deaths. Researchers also say the death rate decline from cancer can be traced to improved early detection and treatments.