Silver Book Fact

Since the war on cancer was declared in 1971, our arsenal has tripled. New drugs accounted for around 50-60% of the increase in six-year cancer survival rates since 1975. New cancer drugs also increased life expectancy of those diagnosed with cancer by about one year from 1975-1995.

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