The week before last, millions of Americans were captivated by a six-hour documentary on PBS that gave us an intimate look at cancer. "Ken Burns Presents CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES, a Film by Barak Goodman" poignantly documents mankind's epic struggle to cope with cancer and highlights some of the scientific insights, in areas such as immunology, that have led to new and more lasting treatments. Today, there are nearly 14.5 million cancer survivors in the U.S. -- living proof of progress. Two-thirds of cancer patients survive five years or longer after being diagnosed; 40 years ago, only half the patients made it that far.
You are probably familiar with the sad statistics: 1 in 2 men, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 300 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. We know these losses personally: between the two of us, we have lost a mother, a father, and close friends and colleagues. Other relatives a...
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