May 2011 VOL 2, NO 3

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A Look At Cancer Survivorship

In March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the “Cancer Survivors—

United States, 2007” report. The bad news is that cancer still represents a major burden on the

nation’s healthcare system, with more than 11.7 million people living in the United States who have

or had cancer. The good news is that the number of people surviving cancer has grown over the past

decade while the incidence of cancer has trended downward. The CDC attributes these improved

survival rates to earlier and more accurate diagnosis, better treatments, more follow-up care, and

fewer deaths from other causes.


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