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Sen. Edward M. Kennedy Dies at 77
Date:8/26/2009

advance should he die, the newspaper reported.

The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 22,000 malignant tumors of the brain or spinal cord will be diagnosed this year in the United States. Approximately 13,070 people -- 7,420 men and 5,650 women -- will die from these tumors. The cancers account for about 1.3 percent of all cancers and 2.2 percent of all cancer-related deaths in the United States.

Kennedy was the youngest of nine children, and became a U.S. senator in 1962. His older brother, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in 1963. Another brother, Robert Kennedy, who was also a U.S. senator, was assassinated in 1968 during his presidential campaign.

His sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who founded the Special Olympics, died earlier this month.

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SOURCES: Tara Morrison, M.D., director, neuro-oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia; Deepa Subramaniam, M.D., director, brain tumor center, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.


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