Posted on 10/12/2012

Cancer Patients More Likely to Survive

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Cancer Patients More Likely to Survive

Research shows an increase in Cancer survival rates

British cancer patients are more likely to survive cancer than ever before according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. This is despite the fact that more cases are being diagnosed each year thanks to advances in screening techniques and technology.

While diagnosis rates rose between 2001-03 and 2008-10, from 403 cancers per 100,000 men to 431, and from 343 per 100,00 to 375 for women, the resulting death rates from cancer dropped from 229 to just 204 for men and 161 to 149 for women.

Cancer survival rates have increased dramatically in the last forty years, with bowel cancer patients now more than twice as likely to survive at least ten years and breast cancer survival rates up from 40% to 77%. Better screening, improved treatments and advances in scanning equipment, such as MRI scanners, have combined to give the medical profession a better understanding of cancer and many more options for treating it early and effectively.

Where does the UK stand on Cancer survival?

However, the UK still lags behind other developed nations when it comes to cancer survival rates, with bowel cancer survival rates 12% lower in Britain than Australia for example, and lung cancer survival rates almost 10% lower than those in Canada.

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If you are one of the lucky cancer survivors who now needs a little extra help, call our friendly team today, or search our website by room or by activity, to find all the help and support you need to continue living your life to the fullest.

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