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Former Chicago Mayor's wife dies of breast cancer

Maggie Daley, the wife of former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, lost her battle with metastatic breast cancer at age 68 this past Thanksgiving, and the city in which she lived is mourning her loss, according ABC News in Chicago.

"She was heroic. She had great dignity, and she was an inspiration for all of us," Dr. Steven Rosen, Daley's doctor and the director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, told the Chicago Tribune.

Daley was quite the fighter and was looked upon fondly by other breast cancer survivors and patients, as she was diagnosed with metastatic cancer in 2002. Usually the survival rate is only two to three years, however she lasted much longer, the media outlet reports.

According to the American Cancer Society, this disease is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in research and breakthrough breast cancer news. There are currently 2.5 million survivors in the U.S.
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