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UK shows dramatic improvements in cancer survival

Dramatic improvements in cancer survival mean that half of those diagnosed in the UK today can expect to live for at least 10 years. [s]The Guardian[/s] reports that new figures show great progress in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer over the last four decades, but accelerating in recent years. In the 1970s, 50% of cancer patients were surviving for just one year and just a quarter lived for 10, said [b]Cancer Research UK (CRUK)[/b]. By 2005-06, 50% were living for five years and 46% for 10. Today, according to the most recent figures available (2010-11), 50% are predicted to live for at least 10 years. The figures come from the cancer survival group funded by CRUK at the [b]London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine[/b], led by Professor Michel Coleman. CRUK published the figures at the launch of what it described as an ambitious strategy to ensure that, in 20 years' time, three-quarters of all those diagnosed survive for at least 10 years.

[link url=http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/apr/29/cancer-patients-uk-survival-rates]Full report in The Guardian[/link]
[link url=http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/cancerstats/survival]CRUK statistics[/link]

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