In the mid-1970s, more than half of the patients diagnosed with cancer in the United States failed to survive five years. Today, that picture has changed dramatically. The overall five-year survival rate has reached 68%, and cancer increasingly is becoming not only a chronic disease but also one that in some tumor types might soon be considered cured.
The cancer survival figures are reported in Cancer Statistics 2013, a presentation of the American Cancer Society, available at http://goo.gl/SGl5s2
Bernard Fisher, MD
University of Pittsburgh
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