- Half of people diagnosed with cancer now survive their disease for at least ten years.
- 46% of men and 54% of women cancer patients diagnosed in 2010-2011 in England and Wales are predicted to survive 10 or more years.
- Cancer survival in the UK have doubled in the last 40 years.
Cancer survival statistics
Survive cancer for 10 or more years, 2010-11, England and Wales
Cancer survival in the UK has doubled in the last 40 years
There is huge variation in survival between cancer types
There is huge variation in survival between cancer types, ranging from 98% for testicular cancer to just 1% for pancreatic cancer.
- Nearly half of the most common cancers, have ten-year survival of 50% or more.
- Testicular cancer, malignant melanoma, prostate cancer and Hodgkin lymphoma have ten-year survival of 80% or more.
- Some cancer types, continue to be difficult to diagnose and/or treat, and ten-year survival is less than 20% for stomach, brain, oesophageal, lung and pancreatic cancers.
- Cancer survival is generally decreases with age with the exception of breast, bowel and prostate cancers, where survival is highest in middle age.
The latest survival statistics available for cancers in England and Wales are 2010-2011.
Survival statistics give an overall picture of survival and (unless otherwise stated) include all adults (15-99) diagnosed, at all ages, stages[glossary - stage] and co-morbidities . The survival time experienced by an individual patient may be much higher or lower, depending on specific patient and tumour characteristics. If you are a patient, please see our patient information.
Survival for children and teenagers and young adults are presented separately.
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