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The 10-year survival rate for patients who were diagnosed with cancer between 2003 and 2006 stood at 57.2 percent, up 0.8 percentage point from the previous survey, the National Cancer Center Japan said Tuesday.

The rise from the rate for 2002-2005 diagnoses continues a trend of improving life expectancy since the center started collecting data in the late 1990s, aided by improvements in early detection technology and better treatment options such as drugs that target particular cancer cells.

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