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Researchers: ‘Unprecedented’ progress being made in fight against cancer

September 12, 2018 - 10:34 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- There's a new report from the front in the war on cancer.

The American Association of Cancer Research has compiled some new statistics.

The number of people who died of cancer in the U.S. declined 26 percent between 2001 and 2015, meaning nearly 2.5 million lives were saved in the time period.

The FDA approved 22 new cancer treatments in the past year -- so many that researchers called the progress made 'unprecedented.'

Cancer still claims over 600,000 lives in the U.S. each year, and as the number goes up, the number of cases is expected to go up too with more than 2 million new cases predicted by the year 2035.

The report also noted an inequality in cancer diagnosis and outcomes.

Using breast cancer as an example, black and latina women are more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage than white women. That's partly for genetic reasons.

Women in same-sex relationships are twice as likely to die of breast cancer than women with a male partner.