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Number of cancer survivors expected to increase in coming years

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There are currently more than 15 million Americans with a history of cancer and that number is expected to climb.

The American Cancer Society projects there will be more than 20 million cancer survivors by the year 2026. Cancer rates are stabilizing and have declined slightly. But the number of survivors continues to increase because of a growing population and advances in treatment.

About one-half of current cancer survivors are 70 or older. About 65,000 are under the age of 14.

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