U.S. Cancer Death Rates Continue to Decline: Report

But researchers added that people with other health problems have lower odds of survival

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Lung and colorectal cancer patients tended to have other health problems more often than people with other cancers. People with breast and prostate cancers tended to have other health problems at the same rate as people without any cancer.

"The general strength and wellness of patients makes a huge difference in cancer outcomes," Beer said. "People who are capable of going on a hike, jogging, running and eating healthy do a heck of a lot better than people who are sedentary and in poor physical condition."

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For more on cancer statistics, visit the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

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