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Facts About Clinical Trials

  • More than 25,000 cancer patients enroll each year in clinical trials through the National Cancer Institute. Many more patients are enrolled in clinical trials sponsored by other groups.
  • About 60 percent of the adults enrolled in clinical trials are women.
  • Lung, breast, prostate and colon cancers have the highest number of clinical trials dedicated to them — more than 40 percent of the total number of trials.
  • Only a small percentage of all cancer patients enroll in clinical trials. Their participation may benefit them as well as future cancer patients.