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Number of Iowa Cancer Survivors to Nearly Double

June 17, 2009

DES MOINES, Iowa – Cancer is not the death sentence it once was. In fact, Iowa has an estimated 110,000 people who are cancer survivors, whereas back in the 1970s the number was only about 3,000.

Chuck Reed with the Iowa chapter of the American Cancer Society expects the number of people who have beaten cancer to nearly double in the next decade.

"We are looking at going from 110,000 and then adding 90,000 - almost doubling the number in just over 10 years."

As a result of the progress being made in cancer treatment, Reed says, the American Cancer Society is taking a different approach toward public education about the disease by launching a new ad campaign highlighting the organization as the official sponsor of more birthdays - because more cancers are being prevented or treated.

"We are still looking for ways to prevent cancer - eat right, exercise, avoid tobacco - but we're adding ways to live with cancer because the drugs are better now and there are better ways to treat cancer."

Reed says tremendous progress has been made in treating some of the most common cancers, when they are caught early. He says prostate cancer, for example, is almost 100 percent treatable.

More information is available at www.morebirthdays.com.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - IA