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The 5-year survival rate for all cancers diagnosed from 1996-2003 is 66%, up from 50% in 1975-1977. This improvement reflects progress in early diagnosis and improvements in treatment.

American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2008. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society; 2008. http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@nho/documents/document/2008cafffinalsecuredpdf.pdf

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Title
Cancer Facts & Figures 2008
Publisher
American Cancer Society
Publication Date
2008
Authors
American Cancer Society
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