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Daily Express - - News - SOPHIA LOWES

THESE sta­tis­tics from the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics are im­por­tant in show­ing that a can­cer di­ag­no­sis isn’t a death sen­tence.

We’ve made progress in diagnosing can­cer at early stages, when treat­ment is more likely to be suc­cess­ful.

It’s good to see im­prove­ments in sur­vival for many can­cer types, such as lung, ovar­ian and Hodgkin lym­phoma.

Five-year sur­vival from lung can­cer, which has pre­vi­ously been stub­bornly low, in­creased from 11 per cent five years ago to 15 per cent in the lat­est fig­ures.

But there is still a way to go and we haven’t seen this change across the board. There are other can­cers, like brain and stom­ach can­cer which have not seen the same in­creases.

Im­prov­ing the quan­tity of re­search into can­cers with the poor­est sur­vival rates re­mains a key pri­or­ity across all as­pects of Can­cer Re­search UK’s work – from fund­ing break­throughs in bi­ol­ogy, to de­vel­op­ing a com­mu­nity of world-lead­ing re­searchers.

This story also high­lights the im­por­tance of early di­ag­no­sis.

When bowel can­cer is di­ag­nosed at the ear­li­est stage, more than 9 in 10 peo­ple di­ag­nosed will sur­vive their dis­ease for five years or more, com­pared with around one in 10 for pa­tients di­ag­nosed at the lat­est stage.

Can­cer Re­search UK is work­ing hard to en­sure we see more progress in im­prov­ing sur­vival for other can­cer types in the fu­ture. This will help us reach our am­bi­tion of three in four peo­ple sur­viv­ing their can­cer by 2034.

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