More Americans Surviving Cancer Today than 20 Years Ago

“Survival rates are improving for many people with cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, liver and colon or rectum, especially for those diagnosed at younger ages, a new study reports.

“Cancer is still a leading cause of death in the United States, but advances in radiation, chemotherapy and targeted treatments have improved , the researchers said.

” ‘Although for most cancers have improved over the past few decades, the improvements were less remarkable among elderly ,’ said lead researcher Dr. Wei Zheng, co-leader of the Cancer Epidemiology Research Program at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville.

“The study also found differences in survival based on race. Overall, blacks had poorer survival than whites. Black women with ovarian cancer experienced a decrease in survival over the past two decades for unknown reasons, he said.

” ‘Black Americans experienced poorer survival than whites for all cancers during the study period,’ Zheng said.”