Cancer Survival - Better & Longer Survival Rates

Cancer 101: Cancer Explained

Better and Longer Survival for Cancer Patients

Statistics (released in 1997) show that cancer patients are living longer and even "beating" the disease. Information released at an AMA sponsored conference for science writers, showed that the death rate from the dreaded disease has decreased by 3 percent in the last few years. In the  1940's only one patient in four survived on the average. By the 1960's, that figure was up to one in three, and now has reached 50% survival.

Not only are those stricken surviving, but they are experiencing a better quality of life while under treatment. Surgery is less radical, and chemotherapy is producing fewer side effects (some of which can be treated by new medications).

Hopefully we will continue to make even greater strides!

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Reviewed on 7/7/2004

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