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May 25, 2012
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The Doctors: Cancer patients are living longer

According to a new government report, the number of cancer survivors in the USA is close to 12 million, in part because of earlier detection, better diagnoses and more effective treatments. Here's a look at advancements for three cancers:

Breast.

Researchers in Seattle found that women with the highest body mass index (BMI) had a 35% increased risk of a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer compared with those with the lowest. That's a risk factor you can control.

Lung.

It's difficult to diagnose in its most treatable stages, which makes it one of the deadliest cancers. But a study in the journal Lung Cancer found that smokers who got CT scans to look for early tumors had a significantly lower risk of dying over 10 years.

Colon.

Eat black raspberries, take aspirin and watch your cholesterol - that's what research suggests. More study is needed; but in the meantime, watch your weight, don't smoke and limit alcohol.

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