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Chronic Disease

Glossary

chronic disease

A disease or condition that usually lasts for 3 months or longer and may get worse over time. Chronic diseases tend to occur in older adults and can usually be controlled but not cured. The most common types of chronic disease are cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and arthritis.

Last updated: 2018-01-03

Source: The National Cancer Institute's Dictionary of Cancer Terms (http://www.cancer.gov/dictionary)