SEATTLE, June 1, 2004 -- Like breast cancer, death rates from other top killers -- lung, prostate and colorectal cancers -- have been declining. And since former President Richard Nixon declared the War on Cancer in 1971, survival rates for all types of cancer combined have increased from 50 percent to 63 percent. That may not seem like a huge change, but doctors say it's been a substantial achievement -- and they expect that number to continue to improve, and at a faster pace.
Unfortunately, though, the best medicine has to offer still isn't enough to help all cancer patients. But armed with new knowledge about the genetics of cancer and ways to detect and interfere with abnormal cell growth, doctors predict they'll be saving many more lives in the next few decades.