- Half (50%) of people diagnosed with cancer in England and Wales survive their disease for ten years or more (2010-11).
- Cancer survival is higher in women than men.
- Cancer survival is improving and has doubled in the last 40 years in the UK.
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
- Survival varies between cancer types, ranging from 98% for testicular cancer to just 1% for pancreatic cancer.
- Many of the most commonly diagnosed cancers have ten-year survival of 50% or more (2010-11).
- More than 80% of people diagnosed with cancer types which are easier to diagnose and/or treat survive their cancer for ten years or more (2010-11).
- Less than 20% of people diagnosed with cancer types which are difficult to diagnose and/or treat survive their cancer for ten years or more (2010-11).
- Cancer survival generally decreases with age. Breast, prostate and bowel cancers are the exceptions, with survival in middle-aged people similar to or higher than in those under 40. This is probably linked with screening and PSA testing which is conducted in these age groups, as well as tumour characteristics.
- Data Table: England and Wales survival summary (April 2014)
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The latest survival statistics available for cancers in England and Wales are 2010-2011 (all ages combined) and 2009-2013 (by age)
The ICD codes for survival for common cancers are detailed within the types of cancer content. Data for breast cancer are for female only, and laryngeal cancer are for male only.
The ICD codes and data time periods for survival by socio-economic variation are detailed within the content.
Survival statistics give an overall picture of survival and (unless otherwise stated) include all adults (15-99) diagnosed, at all ages,
Survival for children and teenagers and young adults are presented separately.
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