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You can expect to hear a lot about cancer this week as thousands of oncologists and scientists descend on Chicago for the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting. ASCO convenes thought leaders from around the world to discuss ways to prevent, treat and cure cancer.

In the last several decades, our scientific understanding of cancer has grown by leaps and bounds. U.S. cancer death rates have fallen 22 percent since 1991, and for many patients, cancer has become a chronic condition to be managed, instead of a death sentence. Still, there is much work to be done to win the war on cancer.

While conversations about the value of cancer medicines often focus on cost, a dollar figure is not the only factor to consider when determining a medicine’s value. Instead, we need to look at how medicines lengthen lives, improve quality of life, and increase productivity, and consider those factors in context with the following five points:

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WASHINGTON (AP) — About a week after the bodies of a wealthy D.C. family and their housekeeper were discovered after a fire in their mansion, an ex-convict who once worked for the businessman and is suspected in the killings has been arrested.

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In a speech delivered to the Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday, President Obama displayed a dramatic shift in rhetoric on an issue he has defined as one of the biggest of our era: climate change. Recognizing that many Americans remain skeptical of the environmental impacts of global warming, he instead argued for action on the grounds of national security.

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BALTIMORE (AP) — A grand jury indicted all six officers charged in the case of Freddie Gray, who died of injuries he suffered in police custody, allowing the state's attorney to press ahead with the most serious charges despite criticism that she was part of an "overzealous prosecution."

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