- 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 is generally higher in people diagnosed aged under 40 years old, 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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