“We continue to discover so many new things every day,” says Otis Brawley, M.D., chief medical and scientific officer for the American Cancer Society. In just one year, 31 new therapies to treat more than 16 types of cancers were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
One thing that’s not new: Screening saves lives. “Some estimates say that we can decrease the number of colorectal deaths by 12,000 to 20,000 if screening guidelines were followed,” Brawley says.
Here are some of the most exciting advances in cancer happening today.