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Cancer survival rates are up, according to a report released this week by CDC and NCI. The report found that about one in every 20 adults in the US has survived cancer, including 20 percent of all people over 65, says The New York Times' Pam Belluck. The number of cancer survivors went up by about 20 percent in six years, from 9.8 million in 2001 to 11.7 million in 2007, Belluck adds. In addition, about 65 percent of cancer survivors have lived at least five years since their diagnosis, 40 percent have lived 10 years or more, and almost 10 percent have lived 25 years or more. CDC Director Thomas Frieden believes the implications of these statistics are that many cancers are "treatable," and that receiving a cancer diagnosis is no longer a death sentence, Belluck says. Improved treatments and increased follow-up after treatment share the credit for the increased survival rates in some cases like breast cancer and colon cancer. In other cancers like prostate cancer, higher survival rates can credited to increased screening, she adds.