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Half of cancer patients are living for ten years or more: Number classed as having beaten the disease doubles since the 1970s

By Sophie Borland Health Reporter

Published: 23:04 GMT, 28 April 2014 | Updated: 15:45 GMT, 29 April 2014

Half of cancer patients are surviving the disease, according to a major study.

The numbers living for at least ten years after diagnosis – when they are counted as having beaten cancer – has doubled since the 1970s.

Experts say the results are so promising that within the next 20 years, more than three quarters  of cancer patients could be living free of the disease.
Success: The number of cancer patients living for at least ten years after diagnosis – when they are counted as having beaten cancer – has doubled since the 1970s

They credit earlier diagnosis as well as advances in treatments which both eliminate tumours and prevent them returning.

Researchers looked at the records of 7.2million cancer patients in the UK between 1972 and 2011 and found that those diagnosed today have a 50 per cent chance of surviving for ten years, compared to the early 1970s when just a quarter of patients could expect to live that long.

However, the survival chances vary hugely between different types of cancer. While 78 per cent of women with breast cancer can expect to live for a decade, only 1 per cent of those with pancreatic cancer and 5 per cent of lung cancer patients will survive this long.
New research shows that people diagnosed with cancer today have a 50 per cent chance of surviving for ten years, compared to the early 1970s when just a quarter of patients could expect to live that long

New research shows that people diagnosed with cancer today have a 50 per cent chance of surviving for ten years, compared to the early 1970s when just a quarter of patients could expect to live that long

Cancer Research UK credits earlier diagnosis as well as advances in treatments which both eliminate tumours and prevent them returning

Researchers are now focusing their efforts on finding new drugs for these difficult-to-treat forms of the disease, which also include brain tumours and oesophageal cancer.

Around 331,000 Britons are diagnosed with cancer every year in Britain. Based on this figure, 165,500 can expect to live at least ten years.

Professor Michel Coleman, head of charity Cancer Research UK’s cancer survival group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, whose team produced the survival figures, said that once a patient has survived for ten years, they theoretically have no more chance of dying from cancer than anyone else.

He said: ‘As a whole, patients who have survived that long no longer have any different chances of surviving than the rest of the population. So in that sense it would represent a cure.’

Source :

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2615416/Half-cancer-patients-living-ten-years-Number-classed-having-beaten-disease-doubles-1970s.html

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