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New figures highlight significant progress in battle with cancer diagnoses

New figures have been released which highlight that around half of people living in England and Wales will survive at least 10 years following a cancer diagnoses. 

Researchers have stated that a cancer does not need to be viewed as the “death sentence” it once was with the new figures suggesting a “tipping point” had been reached.

Indeed, these figures highlight the startling progress that has been achieved since the 1970’s.  The analysis showed that in 1971-2, 50% of people diagnosed with cancer died within a year. Now 50% survive for at least a decade – up from 24% in 1971-2.

However the findings, based on the outcomes for more than 7 million patients, also showed that for some cancers, survival rates were still very low.

For example, just 1% of pancreatic cancer patients and 5% of lung cancer patients can expect to survive for 10 years.

This shouldn’t detract from the overall trend improving and new treatments have played a role as well as earlier diagnosis and screening.

But Cancer Research UK, which carried out the research, said the progress showed there needed to be new, more ambitious aims and has stated that it wants to see 10-year survival hit 75% in the next 20 years.

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