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The overall five-year survival rate for men with prostate cancer is 99 percent—up from 43 percent in 1975.

Lichtenberg, Frank R. The Expanding Pharmaceutical Arsenal in the War on Cancer. National Bureau of Economic Research. February 2004; Working Paper No. 10328. http://www.nber.org/papers/w10328

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Title
The Expanding Pharmaceutical Arsenal in the War on Cancer
Publication
National Bureau of Economic Research
Publication Date
February 2004
Authors
Lichtenberg, Frank R
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