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Some Good News

Posted 7/19/2016

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  With all the terrible things happening in the world, it is nice to bring some good news. From CBS News and Healthday  comes this headline: U.S. cancer survivors living longer than ever before. Before I share more from this article, I will add even more good news: in almost all situations, BIDMC's cancer statistics are a bit better than the national average.

Here is the start of the article and a link to read more. Note that the linked page gives you several other links to more hopeful stories.

As the American population ages, more older adults will survive cancer and live with other chronic conditions that will burden the health care system, U.S. government health officials report.

"Increasingly, we are seeing the impact of an aging population -- fueled by maturing baby boomers -- on major diseases, including cancer," said lead researcher Shirley Bluethmann, a cancer prevention fellow at the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

In 2016, nearly 62 percent of almost 16 million cancer survivors are aged 65 or older, the researchers said. By 2040, an estimated 73 percent of 26 million cancer survivors will be 65 or older.

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