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4 Your Health: Good and bad news in the fight against cancer

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Tucson- The number of women living with the most severe form of breast cancer is growing.

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute estimate about 150,000 American women had metastatic, or spreading, breast cancer in January of this year. That's a significant increase since 1990 and they project that number will continue to rise as the population ages even as treatments improve.

The good news is, the five year survival for these women is improving, especially among younger women.

Tree nuts may reduce the recurrence of colon cancer

Stage three colon cancer patients who consumed at least two ounces of nuts a week had a 42 percent lower chance of developing a second cancer than those who did not eat nuts. Tree nuts were also linked to a 57 percent lower risk of death.

Peanuts and peanut butter did not have this same protective effect.

Cancer still among top killers

Although there have been many improvements in cancer prevention and early detection, the disease remains the second leading cause of death in America.

The good news is smoking has declined dramatically among teens along with the use of indoor tanning beds.

Unfortunately seven out of ten adults are obese or overweight and only half of adults are getting enough exercise.

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