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Are we getting close to the ‘death’ of cancer?

When President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act of 1971, he started the War on Cancer.

Some 45 years and more than $100 billion later, are we winning? In his book, “The Death of Cancer,” Vincent DeVita Jr., former director of the National Cancer Institute, says definitively “yes.”

“We’ve reduced the incidence of cancer, we’ve really markedly reduced the morbidity and mortality rates. But, you know, the 25 percent overall decline in mortality, 25 percent for breast cancer, all these things are very real and they’re all data. The data is about five years old, so when they finally catch up to 2016, it’ll be even more impressive,” DeVita says.