Living With Cancer

For millions of people, cancer is neither a death sentence nor an impediment to a long, fulfilling life.

President Richard Nixon declared war on cancer in 1971, but 46 years later, a single cure remains elusive. That doesn’t mean significant progress hasn’t been made. New treatments and technologies have enabled people with even advanced cancers to live for years after their initial diagnosis. There are 15.5 million cancer survivors in the U.S., and two-thirds of them were diagnosed more than five years ago. Nearly 45% have lived for 10 years or more after their diagnosis.

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Sandra Block
Senior Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Block joined Kiplinger in June 2012 from USA Today, where she was a reporter and personal finance columnist for more than 15 years. Prior to that, she worked for the Akron Beacon-Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. In 1993, she was a Knight-Bagehot fellow in economics and business journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has a BA in communications from Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va.