A new study testing the effectiveness of a platinum-based chemotherapy drug in treating testicular cancer reveals that the survival rate in British men suffering from the condition increased by 96 percent.
Figures compiled by Cancer Research UK show that 96 percent men have successfully been treated for testicular cancer, which is a big improvement since the 1970s when the survival rate was lower than 70 percent, the Independent reported.
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