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Significant increase in cancer survival, says new CDC report

Cancer survivors in the U.S. numbered 11.7 million in 2007, an increase of 19 percent since 2001, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The new report demonstrates an increase in the number of cancer survivors - defined as anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer and is still alive - from only 3 million, 40 years ago, according to Bloomberg.

“It’s good news that so many are surviving cancer and leading long, productive, and healthy lives. Preventing cancer and detecting it early remain critically important as some cancers can be prevented or detected early enough to be effectively treated," said director of the CDC Thomas Frieden.

Breast cancer survivors - at 22 percent - compose the largest percentage of cancer survivors. Developments such as early detection and improved treatment have contributed to longer survival rates. An aging population also extends the number of people who are considered cancer survivors.

At the moment, about 200,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year, according to the American Cancer Society. Yearly mammograms are recommended for women over the age of 40.
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