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Valerie Harper to Senate committee: 'Why must most lung cancers be found by accident?' Published: May 8, 2014

More than half of all cancers diagnosed in the U.S. are in men and women over age 55, and yet the majority of clinical trial participants are much younger. With an aging boomer population, health experts say better infrastructure and more resources must go toward finding effective ways to treat and manage the disease, which is projected to become the leading cause of death in the U.S. by year 2030.

The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on Wednesday to examine federal funding needs for advancing cancer treatment and research to keep up with the graying health care system.

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