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Medicines in Development for Cancer

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  • Innovative Medical Research
  • Future Value

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  • A 10 percent reduction in cancer-related deaths in the U.S. would be worth an estimated $4.4 trillion to current and future generations.  
  • In 1971, one in 69 people was a cancer survivor (three million survivors). In 2014, that number grew to one in 22 people (14.5 million survivors).  
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  • Breast cancer incidence rates in women decreased 3.5% per year from 2001-2004, the first decrease observed in 20 years.